HONG KONG – China’s entertainment industry regulator has barred the screening of films and TV shows that include talent that has been arrested for drug use, prostitution or gambling.
The move follows the arrests in August of Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee Chan and Taiwanese actor Kai Ko and the interrogation last month of film director Wang Quan’an who was taken in by police for having sex with a prostitute.
The State Administration for Radio Film and Television issued a directive on 28 Sept., which it sent to major broadcasters, film distributors and producers.
The directive builds on an earlier circular issued in September which warned mainland TV companies not to air content featuring stars with “bad records” and both are part of a wider drive to clean up Chinese society.
“Their actions not only broke the law, but also destroyed morality in the society,” SARFT said in the directive. “As public figures, they damaged the image of the whole industry and caused very negative social impact, especially to the young children.”
The bans will penalize companies and other innocent cast and crew who also worked on the films and shows. But that is expected to be a significant deterrent that makes producers and distributors ask questions of their potential hires and makes the business, rather than the police, largely responsible for enforcing the directive.
Following Jaycee Chan’s arrest more than a dozen film and TV companies issued a joint statement that they would not employ actors involved in drugs, prostitution or gambling