TV, movie black­outs for erring Chi­nese celebs

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China has a novel new way to deal with celebri­ties who have bro­ken the law – they will be banned from the coun­try’s TV and movie screens.

The ban by China’s broad­cast reg­u­la­tor, which in­cludes ra­dio and ads, is meant to “keep the in­dus­try healthy”, re­ports the of­fi­cial China Daily.

“Re­cent cases in­volv­ing stars us­ing drugs or vis­it­ing pros­ti­tutes have harmed the im­age of the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try and set a bad ex­am­ple for young peo­ple,” ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­per.

Last month, Chi­nese pros­e­cu­tors ap­proved the ar­rest of Jaycee Chan, the son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan, after a sus­pected drug of­fence – the lat­est in a string of celebri­ties to fall foul of the law.

China has de­tained sev­eral other, mostly B-list, celebri­ties in re­cent months on drug-re­lated charges, cases that have been pub­li­cised widely in state and so­cial me­dia.

The crack­down has come as the gov­ern­ment seeks to push for­ward a wider cam­paign against ex­trav­a­gance and deca­dence. Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has vowed to go after cor­rup­tion and ex­cess among the elite.

– Reuters

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