BEIJING (Reuters) – Stars who have used drugs, visited prostitutes or been involved in other law-breaking will not be allowed to appear on Chinese television, movie screens or other forms of broadcast, state media said on Thursday, following a series of scandals.
The ban by the broadcast regulator, which includes radio and advertisements, is meant to “keep the industry healthy”, the official China Daily reported.
“Celebrities who break the law should not be invited to appear in programmes, and transmission of their words should be suspended,” the newspaper said, citing a statement from the regulator.
“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,” the newspaper added.
Chinese prosecutors last month approved the arrest of Jaycee Chan, son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan, after a suspected drugs offence, the latest in a string of celebrities to fall foul of the law.
One director was detained on suspicion of hiring prostitutes.