China Bars Crime, Spies from TV Ahead of Party Birthday

The Communist Party recommends 40 shows to air instead.

BEIJING – China has banned TV shows about crime, espionage and romance in the run up to the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party on July 1, local media reported on Friday.

The State Administration of Radio Film and Television called on satellite TV stations not to broadcast the popular but allegedly offensive TV dramas in May, June and July, the Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper said.

SARFT instead supplied channel programmers with a list of 40 TV dramas that are recommended by China’s one-party government, such as The Orient, a TV drama series about the development of the Communist Party of China and the People's Liberation Army.

The latest directive from the leading media monitoring body in China’s one-party state follows a move last month to crack down on TV dramas involving time travel, which the Communist party leadership deems disrespectful of history.

The Planning and Financial Department of SARFT, which is in charge of issuing the notice, often done by phone rather than by paper directive, refused to be interviewed by the Global Times, the English language newspaper said.