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  MP drug expose' taken off the air
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News DateTuesday, October 10, 2006 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionA 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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