TV, movie blackouts for erring Chinese celebs
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.