The most recent episode of a popular NBC drama series has been deleted from China’s major video streaming websites, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker.
The plot line of the episode of "The Blacklist" portrays the Chinese government in a less than flattering light, which appears to have prompted the move from Chinese censors, the story reports.
In the episode, a Chinese immunologist has agreed to tell the U.S. about a secret weapons project, but is jailed by her government for treason. After she’s whisked from a Chinese labor camp by U.S. agents, she’s brought to Washington, D.C.
The story reports: “After appearing online Tuesday morning — U.S. shows are typically posted within hours of airing stateside — the episode had been removed by Wednesday. Little was said formally, but editors at Tencent posted a message in the comments section of the episode's trailer.”
The message read: "Unfortunately, Episode 19 of ‘The Blacklist’ failed to get approval from censorship because it touched sensitive topics. So it could not be put online. Please inform each other and keep monitoring our updates."
It’s the second episode of “The Blacklist” to be pulled in China. Last fall, an episode that included an ex-Chinese state security officer shooting a CIA agent in Shanghai was pulled, the story notes.