On 19 April 2004, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television issued the “Notice Concerning Strengthening Judicial Drama Examination and Broadcast Management to all provincial, autonomous region and municipal radio, film and television bureaus (offices), the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Radio and Television Bureau, CCTV, China Educational Television, the Liberation Army General Political Department Art Bureau, and all directly Central-subordinate relevant work units, the “Notice” points out that, in order to implement the Party Central Committee and State Council “Some Opinions Concerning Further Strengthening and Improving Minors’ Ideology and Moral Construction”, create a desirable public opinion atmosphere for minors’ healthy upbringing, further purifying television screens, reducing the negative function of police and gangster dramas with judicial themes to the lowest possible extent, further standardizing examination and broadcast work of television dramas with this sort of themes, the following is hereby notified:
I, All channels of all television stations (including satellite channels and non-satellite channels) currently broadcasting and preparing to broadcast television dramas, films or television films with judicial themes, as well as special subject television programmes using the technique of recreations of reality to show the actual events of cases, must all schedule broadcast at 23:00 or later in the evening, in case of special needs, a special request for approval must be filed with SARFT;
II, All provincial-level television drama examination organs must strengthen examination gatekeeping over television dramas, films and television films with judicial themes, especially over television dramas, films, television films and special subject television programmes displaying large and major cases, or displaying criminal cases, in which gore, violence, murder and terror scenes or images must be deleted, weakened or adjusted.
III, All levels’ television broadcast organs must strictly control special subject television programmes displaying records of cases using the technique of recreation of reality;
IV, All relevant management entities must strictly control the quantity of imported judicial theme television dramas and films;
V, All levels’ administrative radio and television entities must strengthen theme planning examination of judicial theme television dramas, films and television films, and strictly control theme quantities.
All levels’ examination and broadcast organs immediately implement this Notice after receipt.