CHAINA'S SHOWBIZ POLLUTING THEIR ECONOMY
World's second largest economy, regulators have been to trying to strengthen control over Chinese society by tightening oversight over a broad swathe of industries ranging from technology to education and culture. Government ministries and party agency and an industry association published fresh guidelines on Thursday, with the Party's publicity department blasting some in the entertainment industry for their alleged bad influence on the young and for "severely polluting the social atmosphere".
Penalties should be increased for actors who have engaged in illegal or unethical behaviour, and agencies which condone such behaviours must be promptly punished.The ideological and moral education of children should be beefed up and they should be forbidden from joining activities of "idol" groups, the notice added, while party cadres at all levels should "deeply recognise" the importance of "moulding" future generations
Another publication was on Thursday by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the China Association of Performing Arts said that performers, like livestreaming stars, should undergo periodic training in professional ethics while agencies should terminate contracts with performers who "lack moral discipline." In late August, movie stars Zhou Dongyu and Du Jiang read aloud a statement criticising stars who had "crossed the bottom line" and calling on entertainers to never become "slaves of the market" and to be responsible to society, according to a video in local media.