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Chinese Media Bans Stars With a History of Drug Use

This is the latest extreme move in China's sweeping anti-drug efforts.

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As part of China’s recent sweeping anti-drug efforts involving many human rights violations, the country’s media watchdog has announced that celebrities who have used drugs or visited prostitutes will be banned from state television and other media outlets. According to China Daily, this was done in an effort to make the industry “healthy.”

In the past few months, a number of high profile Chinese celebrities have been arrested on drug charges—including Taiwanese actor Kai Ko and Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee Chan, both of whom tested positive for marijuana. Kai Ko later appeared on TV where he tearfully apologized. Also recently detained were actor Gao Hu, for possession of pot and methamphetamine, and film director Wan Quan’an and actor Huang Haibo for allegedly visiting prostitutes.

Productions starring several of these actors have been dropped from broadcast, and they may also be banned from future appearances and mentions across film, publishing and online media. Since the ban was announced, up to 40 performing arts organizations in Beijing have reportedly agreed not to employ actors with a history of drug use.

Drug-using celebrities have “corrupted the social atmosphere” and have a “detrimental influence on the development of many young people,” claims the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SARFT). And a spokesman from the China Radio and Television Association says: “Their actions have hurt the entire industry and have brought extremely bad and adverse consequences to the whole society, therefore we strongly condemn their actions.”