Date: 22nd April 2009

Chan's remarks 'out of context'

Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan's comments about whether freedom was a good thing for China were taken out of context, his spokesman has said.

He was criticised after suggesting to a business forum in southern China that Chinese people "need to be controlled".

But his spokesman said Chan was talking about freedom in the entertainment industry, not Chinese society at large.

Chan said on Saturday: "I'm not sure if it's good to have freedom or not. I'm gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled."

Source: Press Release