Currently, the Chinese government is reporting new and strict measures for film and television programs, which prohibit, among other things, cases of miracles.
Christians in these areas are alarmed by the fear that Christian content in general will be censored in the nation.
Prohibited Content Categories
According to The Christian Post, the National Radio and Television Administration, which controls content in radio, film and television broadcast in China, ratified new regulations banning 20 categories of content.
Among the banned categories are material promoting fabricated history, sacred relics, demonic possessions, and instances of faith and healing.
A filmmaker who works with the film and television industry in the Christian realm explained this.
According to him, these regulations «almost totally prohibit» faith-based content.
The filmmaker, Joseph, told UCA News, «If we film the life of Jesus, avoiding the content prohibited by the guidelines, we will only present Jesus as an ordinary person, and this is unacceptable to Christians.
Many people have criticized these new actions, thinking that they are somewhat extreme in terms of government and its rule.
Historian Zhang Lifan told the New York Times that the president’s attempts to impose total control over the media are a way of «announcing his absolute authority.
«He does not feel effective and confident in dealing with problems, and he lacks a sense of security,» Zhang said.
«He is worried that the Chinese Communist Party will lose political power, and he is also worried that his comrades will expel him from his position,» he said.
China’s communist government claims to allow «religious freedom» but has been taking offensive measures against underground churches and Christian activists for many years.
China censors film production with Christian content including miracles, healing
A filmmaker working with the church's film and television industry said the new guidelines “almost entirely ban” faith-based content. https://t.co/Y7DWidAliv
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