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MP drug expose' taken off the air
|Last Edited||RP Oct 13, 2006 03:53pm|
|News Date||Tuesday, October 10, 2006 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||A television prank which threatened to expose widespread drug use among Italian MPs was suspended on Tuesday . |
It was due to be included in Le Iene (The Hyenas), a popular satire show which begins a new series on Tuesday evening .
The show secretly tested 50 lawmakers for drug use with the results showing that one in three had apparently taken drugs in the previous 36 hours .
A total of 12 tested positive for cannabis and four for cocaine, according to Le Iene .
Amid parliamentary uproar over the prank, Italy's privacy authority intervened and ordered the piece to be deleted from the show .
As one of its reporters engaged willing MPs in conversation, a fake make-up artist secretly carried out drug-wipe tests on their foreheads .
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