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China orders 'patriotic' anti-fascist series on TV

Published on Aug 14, 2014 12:48 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - China has ordered the country's television broadcasters to air "patriotic" or anti-fascist series for two months from September, reports said, stepping up its propaganda efforts amid disputes with Japan and ahead of national holidays.

Such programmes are already a staple of Chinese television, but news portal Netease, citing unnamed industry insiders, said satellite channels - which are all controlled by provincial governments - had been ordered to broadcast them in prime time until the end of October.

The National Day holiday, which marks the founding of Communist China in 1949, falls on October 1.

"Patriotic" dramas "probably" include those with themes of defending the country, creating a business, ethnic solidarity and family relations - but excluding fights between relatives - said a Shanghai satellite television staffer, according to the report on Wednesday.

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