TV station slammed for putting its actors in danger


Compiled by FATIMAH ZAINAL, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

ZHEJIANG TV is again under fire for putting its actors in danger, this time by forcing them to continue filming despite heavy floods across central China, reported China Press.

Pictures of actors wearing life jackets on makeshift bamboo rafts along with a film crew in the heavily flooded city of Guilin went viral on Chinese social media site Weibo recently.

Internet users managed to identify renowned pianist Lang Lang and Fan Bingbing’s younger brother singer Fan Chengcheng being among those on the raft and concluded that Zhejiang TV was filming an episode of travel documentary Youth Periplous 2.

Many have taken to social media to criticise the station for endangering the lives of the actors.

“Isn’t it enough that Godfrey Gao has died? Can they start making the safety of celebrities their number one priority?” one wrote.

It was earlier reported that Gao, a Taiwanese-born Canadian, died of a heart attack in Ningbo, China, last year while filming Chinese reality series Chase Me, which was also produced by Zhejiang TV.

> A video of eight employees kowtowing to their employer – a pharmacy – caused a heated debate on China’s cyberspace, China Press reported.

The employees were seen kneeling and touching the ground with their forehead in worship.

A spokesperson for the company claimed that the employees were inspired all of a sudden and did it voluntarily.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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