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China tightens documentary censorship: media

China's top media regulator will expand pre-broadcast censorship to cover television documentaries, in an apparent boost to an already formidable control apparatus, a newspaper said on Friday. China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) told TV stations and producers that all documentaries would have to be approved in advance of being shown, the Beijing Morning Post reported. The notice would bring censorship of TV documentaries into line with requirements on non-fiction films, it said.

China cinema takings surge during annual holiday

Chinese cinema box office takings rocketed during the country's biggest annual holiday, an official agency said on Wednesday, underlining massive growth in China's film market. Total receipts during the first six days of the Lunar New Year rose more than 85 percent year-on-year to reach a total of 760 million yuan ($121 million), a State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) spokesman said.
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