China issues ban on drug-using stars

October 10, 2014 10:11
What will the ban mean to the budding show business career of Jaycee Chan? Photo: Reuters

China's media watchdog has ordered television stations and other outlets to stop producing movies and broadcasting shows featuring stars who use drugs or visit prostitutes.

The ban, which covers online media, film producers and publishers, aims to keep the industry healthy, China Daily reported, citing a statement from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT). It applies to films, advertisements as well as TV and radio shows.

The administration, which is under the State Council, said celebrities who break the law should not be invited to appear in programs, and transmission of their works should be suspended.

Cases involving stars using drugs or visiting prostitutes have harmed the image of the entertainment industry and set a bad example for young people, the regulator said.

One of the most recent was that of Jaycee Chan, son of action superstar Jackie Chan, who was allegedly caught taking drugs at his Beijing home with Taiwanese actor Kai Ko in August, the report said.

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