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Chinese TV host to be punished for insulting Mao in private

AP , Monday 10 Aug 2015
China
Bi Fujian (Photo: Reuters)
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Chinese state media say a TV celebrity must be punished for singing insults about Communist Party founder Mao Zedong at a private dinner.

Bi Fujian was a talent show host on state broadcaster China Central Television when a video circulated showing him mocking Mao in a song. He apologized and was suspended.

The China Discipline Inspection Daily, a newspaper under the party's anti-graft watchdog, said Sunday that discipline inspectors at the broadcasting watchdog had found that Bi had violated "political discipline" in harming Mao's image.

The report said the broadcasting administration had ordered CCTV to deal with the matter "severely."

CCTV didn't immediately comment. Calls to the broadcasting authority rang unanswered Monday.

The ruling Communist Party has built much of its legitimacy upon Mao.

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