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China: Beijing cracks down on disturbing cartoons

Civic authorities remove more than 2.1 million online animated videos and games featuring popular children’s characters allegedly in sexual or violent scenarios.

world Updated: Apr 03, 2018 18:47 IST
Over 50 cases were placed on file for investigation by police, and some $1.30 lakh in fines were issued for violations.
Over 50 cases were placed on file for investigation by police, and some $1.30 lakh in fines were issued for violations. (HT photo for representation)

Over 2.1 million online animated videos and games featuring popular children’s characters allegedly in sexual or violent scenarios have been deleted as part of a campaign targeting such firms registered in the Chinese capital Beijing, official media reported.

Over 50 cases were placed on file for investigation by police, and some $1.30 lakh in fines were issued for violations, according to Beijing Integrated Law Enforcement on Cultural Market, an agency under the Beijing municipal government.

The campaign was from January to March this year, state- run Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

In late January, Beijing issued a notice, asking video websites to purge illegal content, examine and clean up all videos and online games related to disturbing cartoons, which Chinese media has termed “children’s evil classics”.

Wang Ningzhi, deputy head of the Beijing Integrated Law Enforcement on Cultural Market, said the city will continue its crackdown on such violations to clean up online content that may harm the physical and mental health of youth.