China to censor imported online games
By abigail
China has now set a stringent censorship process, that all imported online games must be subjected to, and pass, before they are able to be released into the Chinese marketplace. A screening committee consisting of members of a cross section of Chinese society has been established by the Ministry of Culture. Representatives have been chosen from Universities, schools, the department of foreign affairs, engineers from within the information industry and members of the CPPCC, (the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference).

Any new games wanting to gain access into the Chinese market will now have to pass through this examination process before they are accepted. Games which are already available in China will need to be assessed before September 1, and passed, with anyone not complying to this new ruling now being punishable by law.

The screening process has been prompted by a belief that many of the games being released have content which violate the Chinese Constitution. There is a fear that some of these games threaten state security, or are capable of disrupting society. Some of the types of content that the ministry has described as possibly breaking the underlying rules of the constitution include sexual content, violence, gambling and superstition.

These games have gained attention from the government as there are now a large quantity available in the market place which have not been viewed by authorities, and concerns over how they may affect the minds of Chinese youth. Tuo Zuhai, a Ministry of Culture official has commented; “All the problems have drawn great attention from the central government and to strengthen screening on the online game content is an important method to solve the afore-mentioned problems”.

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