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Celebrities in China underwent a two-day “ethical training session” amid the high-profile case that involved popular singer Kris Wu, who was arrested earlier this month on rape allegations.
Lessons on morality: The session, hosted by the country’s National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA), reportedly took place in Beijing last month, but images of the event only emerged online this week, reported South China Morning Post.
- Titled “Training Class for Promoting the Production of High-Quality TV Series,” the session included content on law and regulations, professional ethics and the Communist Party’s history.
- The 64 participants who attended the session included actor Lei Jiayin from the film “The First Half of My Life,” actor and former child star Zhang Yishan from “The Deer and the Cauldron” and actor and model Rayzha Alimjan.
- NRTA Vice Director Zhu Yonglei told the participants to “advocate both the moral code and artistic morals.”
- The agency did not provide details on the process or the reason it selected these particular entertainers. It was also not revealed if the training was mandatory.
Impact of Wu’s case: Following the arrest of Wu earlier this month, state-backed industry organization China Netcasting Services Association (CNSA) urged video platforms in China to remove all content featuring the singer.
- “We shouldn’t provide any (sic) job opportunities or platforms for people who display illegal or immoral behavior,” the organization posted on the Chinese social media platf0rm Weibo on Tuesday.
- CNSA further condemned artists who don’t “follow professional ethics,” noting that they have “crossed the line of law or moral standards … They should be severely punished and should pay the price.”
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