SARFT Notice Concerning Reaffirming Prohibition of Production and Screening of Pornographic Films

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On 29 December, SARFT issued the “SARFT Notice Concerning Reaffirming Prohibition of Production and Screening of Pornographic Films” to all provincial, autonomous region and municipal radio, film and television bureaus, and all film production work units, the notice says, that since recently, a part of the film production work units and Internet audiovisual programme service work units have, in pursuit of economic benefit, on the domestic and foreign film markets and the Internet, in violation of laws and regulations, produced and broadcasted a number of films containing pornographic content, generating extremely large danger to broad youth audiences. In order to further purify the silver screen and video channels, strengthen management over production and broadcast of pornographic films, guarantee the provision of a healthy and harmonious cultural environment for the broad people’s masses and especially for the youth audiences, promote the grand development and grand flourishing of culture, according to laws and regulations such as the “Film Management Regulations”, the “Film Script (Outline) Filing and Film Management Regulations” (State Administration of Radio, Film and Television Decree No. 52), the “Internet Audiovisual Programme Service Management Regulations” (State Administration of Radio, Film and Television Decree No. 56), the “Notice Concerning Strengthening Internet Dissemination of Film and Television Drama Management”, etc., the following requirements are hereby notifies as follows:

I, It is necessary to energetically guide film production work units, Internet audiovisual programme service work units and film and television workers, further strengthen sense of social responsibility, incessantly strengthen guidance consciousness, responsibility consciousness, and law consciousness, firmly grasp correct orientation, strengthen content management, strive to raise film and television products’ thought and artistic quality, completely persist the principle of social interest first, two interests integrated with each other, strive to provide excellent healthy and useful, lovely to see and hear, rich and varied cultural products to the broad people’s masses and youth audiences.

II, It is necessary to further perfect management systems, strengthen content examination, earnestly implement and execute all management regulations. It is prohibited to produce and screen harmful film and television works displaying intermingled obscene or pornographic and vulgar and inferior content, exhibiting details such as promiscuity, rape, prostitution, visiting prostitutes, sexual activities, sexual perversion, etc., and male and female genitals, and other private parts, intermingled content such as filthy and vulgar lines, songs, background music and sound effects, it is prohibited to produce and disseminate second versions or content fragments not having passed through examination by SARFT examination bodies, it is prohibited to broadcast works not passed through examination or not revised according to the examination opinion in cinemas or television stations, it is also prohibited to disseminate these on the audiovisual market or through the Internet, it is prohibited to submit works and content fragments not having obtained a “Film Public Screening Permit” for international film festivals and or for participation in international market exhibitions or competitions.

III, It is necessary to further implement management duties, perfect market entry and withdrawal mechanisms, strengthen management steps, innovate management methods, and strengthen self-discipline and self-examination. Further determining the territorial management principle of “who manages, is responsible, who examines and approves, is responsible”, whenever discovering problems it is necessary to timely raise redress opinions, and deal with them according to the law. Law and regulations-violating work units violating the second provision of this Notice, will be punished according to the “Film Management Regulations”, and the distribution and screening of the film violating regulations will stop; where circumstances are grave or not rectified, the “Film Shooting Permit” of the “Film Shooting and Production Permit (Single Film)” will be revoked, and according to relevant provisions of the “Film Management Regulations”, their business permit will be modified, cancelled or revoked, and they cannot apply to engage in Internet audiovisual programme services for three years, their legal representatives or main persons in  charge may not engage in corresponding film sector work for five years; all film producing personnel intentionally participating in obscene or pornographic film production are prohibited without exception from participating in any kind of film and television award activities; where circumstances are grave or not rectified, they will be given disciplinary measures; in case of impenitence, creating harmful social influence, the State film and television examination organ may refuse accepting for examination all the films in which they participated in the production of, without exception.

IV, It is necessary to strengthen sector self-discipline, all film and television work units, audiovisual programme service work units and sector associations must vigorously guide the broad film and television workers, establish correct views of life, world views and value systems, establish socialist views of glory and dishonour, persisting in the Eight Virtues and Eight Disgraces, on their own initiative resist vulgar tendencies, and walk the path of becoming a great person in virtues and art.

All levels’ radio, film and television bureaus must earnestly communicate and implement the above requirements, give high regard to and realistically take responsibility for strengthening management. All film production work units, all audiovisual programme service work units and broad film and television workers must strengthen study and self-discipline, and strive to create a healthy and harmonious film and television development environment, make the proper effort to make a new high wave of socialist culture construction spring up.

All provincial (regional, municipal) radio, film and television bureaus are requested to, after receipt of this notice, speedily pass on the spirit of this document to all sorts of film and television production work units, Internet audiovisual service work units and all levels’ television stations within their jurisdictions.

广电总局关于重申禁止制作和播映色情电影的通知

12月29日,广电总局向各省、自治区、直辖市广播影视局,各电影制片单位发出《广电总局关于重申禁止制作和播映色情电影的通知》的通知,通知说,近一个时期以来,部分影视制作单位和互联网视听节目服务单位为追逐经济利益,在海内外电影市场和互联网上,违法违规制作和播映一些带有色情内容的电影,对于广大青少年观众产生了极大的危害。为进一步净化银屏视频,加强对制作和播映色情电影的管理,确保为广大人民群众,尤其是青少年观众提供一个健康和谐的文化环境,促进文化大发展大繁荣,依据《电影管理条例》、《电影剧本(梗概)备案、电影片管理规定》(国家广播电影电视总局令第52号)、《互联网视听节目服务管理规定》(国家广播电影电视总局令第56号)、《关于加强互联网传播影视剧管理的通知》等法规,现做出如下通知要求:
一、要大力引导影视制片单位、互联网视听节目服务单位和影视工作者,进一步增强社会责任感,不断增强导向意识、责任意识、法律意识,牢牢把握正确导向,强化内容管理,努力提高影视作品的思想和艺术质量,始终坚持社会效益第一,两个效益相统一的原则,努力为广大人民群众和青少年观众提供健康有益、喜闻乐见、丰富多彩的优秀作品。
二、要进一步完善管理制度,加强内容审查,认真贯彻执行各项管理规定。不得制作和播映夹杂淫秽色情和庸俗低级内容,展现淫乱、强奸、卖淫、嫖娼、性行为、性变态等情节及男女性器官等其他隐私部位,夹杂肮脏低俗的台词、歌曲、背景音乐及声音效果等内容的有害影视作品,不得制作、传播未经广电总局的审查机构审查通过的第二个版本或内容片段,不得将未经审查通过或未按审查意见修改的作品在电影院、电视台播映,也不得在音像市场和互联网上传播,不得将未获得《电影片公映许可证》的作品及其内容片段提交国际电影节展和国际市场参展参赛。
三、要进一步落实管理责任,完善市场准入和退出机制,强化管理措施,创新管理手段,加强自律和自查。进一步明确“谁经营谁负责,谁审批谁负责”的属地管理原则,加强市场管理和网络搜索,一旦发现问题要及时提出纠正意见,并依法处理。对违反本通知第二规定的违法违规单位,依据《电影管理条例》予以处罚,并停止发行、放映违规影片;情节严重或不改正的,吊销《摄制电影许可证》或《摄制电影片许可证(单片)》,并按《电影管理条例》的相关规定变更、注销或吊销营业执照,3年内不能申请从事互联网视听节目服务,其法定代表人或主要负责人5年内不得从事相关电影业务;凡故意参加淫秽、色情电影制作的影片主创人员,一律不得参加各类影视评奖活动;情节严重或不改正的,给予纪律处分;屡教不改,造成恶劣社会影响的,国家影视审查机构对其所参与制作的所有电影电视片一律不予受理审查。
四、要进一步加强行业自律,各影视单位、视听节目服务单位和行业协会要积极引导广大影视工作者,树立正确的人生观、世界观、价值观,树立社会主义荣辱观,坚持八荣八耻,自觉抵制低俗之风,走德艺双馨的成才之路。
各级广电局要认真传达贯彻落实上述要求,高度重视并切实负责加强管理。各电影制片单位、各视听节目服务单位和广大影视工作者要加强学习和自律,努力营造一个健康和谐的影视发展环境,为兴起社会主义文化建设新高潮做出应有的努力。
请各省(区、市)广电局接此通知后,迅速将文件精神传至所辖各类影视制作单位、互联网视听服务单位及各级电视台。

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