Saturday, August 7, 2010

BBC News-China's Minister of Culture Labels Chinese Media as "Vulgar"

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(Story reported by Shirong Chen, BBC China editor)

China's culture minister has lashed out at the country's broadcasters and publishers, saying much of what they produce is vulgar and kitsch.

Cai Wu said many Chinese publications were full of gossip and sensational stories advocating money-worship.

He accused regional governments of spending money on "vanity projects" instead of basic cultural facilities.

Mr Cai, formerly the head of China's information office, blamed the changes on China's move to a market economy.

His comments came in an interview with state news agency Xinhua.

He lashed out at what he called "vulgar productions" that advocated money-worship and consumerism.

(click here to read the full story on the BBC News website)

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