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China Censors 'The Big Bang Theory,' Other U.S. Shows For Promoting Criminal Activities

Noelle Talmon Noelle Talmon
May 20th, 2014 7:00pm EDT

The Big Bang Theory

China has pulled several U.S. shows from video streaming websites, claiming the programs contain harmful content.

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) made the order last week to remove "The Big Bang Theory," "The Good Wife" and "NCIS," from public viewing.

It's not known exactly why the watchdog group made the move, although officials have been planning to increase censorship of foreign content, a source told The Hollywood Reporter.

There was a public outcry following the ban, prompting SAPPRFT officials to claim they pulled the programs over copyright issues. The group also said the shows didn't comply with regulations regarding Internet audiovisual products.

The regulations are meant to protect citizens from shows that "harm the nation's reputation, mislead young people to commit crimes, prostitution, gambling or terrorism."

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