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China removes cartoon network from airwaves

Beijing has shown the door to Tom and Jerry, the Jetsons, Scooby Doo, Popeye and the rest of their American cartoon cronies, taking TNT's Cartoon Network off China's airwaves.

Chinese authorities have removed the television network from a list of approved stations for use in upscale tourist hotels and housing compounds for foreigners. The government isn't saying why. Spokesmen of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television spokesmen refused to comment when asked Thursday about the change.

Hema Govindan, a spokeswoman for Turner Broadcast System Asia Pacific Inc. in Hong Kong, said Cartoon Network was removed from the list for all of this year. CNN, also owned by Turner, is still on the approved list.

Chinese television has been developing its own brand of cartoons in recent years that emphasize Chinese culture and patriotism. Many use animals or folk tale characters as their heroes.