China blacklists 120 songs for obscene or violent lyrics
China yesterday released a blacklist of songs that it says promote obscenity or violence and ordered website adminis-trators to remove them from their sites.
The order from the Ministry of Culture accompanied the list of 120 songs that "trumpeted obscenity, violence, crime or harmed social morality", the official Xinhua News Agency said.
It said the problematic content violated online cultural management regulations and said that any unit or individual that does not take down the songs would face unspecified "severe punishment".
The list contains Chinese-language songs, and some are by household names in China, including Taiwanese pop singer Chang Csun Yuk and Taiwanese actor Stanley Huang.
Chang's blacklisted songs include Fart, with the line, "There are some people in the world who like farting while doing nothing," and I Love Taiwanese Girls, in which he sings that he will take them to a gynaecology department if they get pregnant and urges them to take off their clothes.
Xinhua said the list would be updated regularly.
China's authoritarian govern-ment regularly attempts to tighten control over content that it says disturbs social stability. Most music websites in China allow people to listen to music for free.