- The Washington Times - Friday, August 5, 2016

“Suicide Squad,” the PG-13-rated comic-book flick which hit U.S. theaters Friday, is unlikely to get the green light from Chinese censors, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film has yet to get Beijing’s approval, possibly due to China’s official censorship guidelines prohibiting stories “propagating passive or negative outlook on life, worldview and value system,” THR reported Thursday.

Unlike the United States, China lacks a ratings classification system and the government regulator either clears or rejects films for all viewers, regardless of age, THR reported.

A one-party nation that has made strides towards greater economic freedom, China has nevertheless had ebbs and flows in the rigidity of its censorship of media in its history as a Communist state. Experts have seen in current President Xi Jinping a tendency to tighten the state’s control over media outlets and crack down on dissent.

• Ken Shepherd can be reached at kshepherd@washingtontimes.com.

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