China has banned broadcast of “Oscars”

Chinese authorities have banned local media from broadcasting live Oscars due to the nomination for a documentary about the Hong Kong protests, Bloomberg reports, citing sources.

Sources note that the authorities’ directive also stems from concerns about the political views of the award-nominated Chinese director Chloe Zhao.

According to sources, the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda department has issued a directive to all media outlets that coverage of the ceremony should focus on awards that are not considered controversial.

Do Not Split by journalist Anders Hammer follows the anti-Beijing demonstrations that took place in Hong Kong in mid-2019. He was nominated in the category “Best short documentary film”, writes RIA Novosti.