China’s media watchdogs have issued a fresh set of controversial and strict guidelines on television content production as authorities tighten controls over the industry.
The guidelines, issued by the China Alliance of Radio, Film and Television and China Television Drama Production Industry Association on Wednesday, explicitly ban programmes and dramas involving homosexuality and extramarital affairs.
Other content now banned includes reinterpretations of historical facts and events which have been defined or remain controversial, and presentations that damage the public image of the army, police or officials, The Observer reported.
The guidelines come less than a month after China removed its first first gay web series, Addicted, from streaming sites despite millions of views.
Pink News reports that while homosexuality was removed from China's official list of mental disorders in 2001, it remains a taboo subject.
In October 2015 The Guardian reported that some hospitals in the country remain happy to offer gay "cure" therapy.