• A still from the Chinese web series Addiction, also known as Heroin, which has been pulled under new censorship laws. (Twitter)
The Chinese government is cracking down on depictions of homosexuality, infidelity, sexual activity and other themes in television and online programs.
SBS News
7 Mar 2016 - 3:49 PM  UPDATED 7 Mar 2016 - 3:58 PM

The Chinese government has clamped down on the country's entertainment industry, banning depictions of sex, homosexuality, witchcraft and one night stands from television programs.

The South China Morning Post reported the crack down on online and television shows was part of the new General Principle of Television Drama Production Content, which was released in December.

Also banned are programs showing extra-marital affairs, the use of drugs or alcohol, teenage relationships, fighting, smoking and programs that promote superstitions, like witchcraft.

Among the popular programs pulled was an online series called Addiction (also known as Heroin), which depicts gay love, and Go Princess Go, which was deemed to have excessive sex and violence.

Addiction was reportedly pulled three episodes before the end of the first season, but the episodes are currently available to view on YouTube, which is blocked in China.

The Post reported there is widespread dissatisfaction among Chinese viewers over the cancellation of many shows, which now have to pass the new guidelines.

Many young people in China prefer to watch online programs instead of state television, which features a lot of propaganda, the Post reported.

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