Media's depiction of us is unfair, say businessmen

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 March, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 October, 2016, 5:52pm

Private entrepreneurs have been stereotyped by popular television dramas that portray them as corrupt and unscrupulous, representatives from the sector said yesterday.

The representatives, who are delegates to the CPPCC, said businesspeople were tired of being portrayed as the bad guys on television.

'These shows obviously damage the image of private entrepreneurs,' said Wang Yusuo, who owns an energy equipment manufacturing firm.

Supermarket chain owner Zhang Wenzhong said the media should treat business leaders fairly and objectively, regardless of their background.

'We are not seeking any special treatment,' he said.

The dramas took off on the mainland about a decade ago. They often feature businessmen who enrich themselves by any means possible.

Many of the dramas attract a huge audience and feature well-known actors.

In 2002, the hit series Black Hole told the story of a deputy mayor's son who ran a huge smuggling and betting racket in partnership with smugglers and triads.

According to its scriptwriter, the drama was loosely based on real cases of corruption in Fuyang, Anhui province.

But Mr Zhang said these dramas distorted the truth and that most private company bosses were honest. He drew an analogy with corruption.

'A few governors have been arrested for corruption, but you can't conclude that all governors are bad,' he said. 'Even scholars can be corrupt, but you can't say all scholars are rotten.'

Last February, former Anhui vice-governor Wang Huaizhong was executed for corruption. Last summer, former Hebei province governor Cheng Weigao was expelled from the Communist Party, also for corruption.