Two journalists have been detained in Beijing for taking money to run false stories, according to reports, not long after the case of detained reporter Chen Yongzhou put China’s media and PR industries under public scrutiny when he’d admitted to police that he received ‘rewards’ from a middleman for publishing fabricated reports about a Chinese company.
According to Caixin:
Xiong Xiong, editor of the technology news department at the Beijing Youth Daily, was detained for allegedly taking hundreds of thousands of yuan in bribes.
A source from the newspaper said Xiong has worked there for 14 years and covered the IT field for more than a decade. He led a three-person team working on a weekly special edition until June 2012. The team had a lot of editorial independence, the source said.
“Many people know that he accepts money (for reporting),” the source said.
The other journalist detained in Bejing, Yang Kairan, is the editor for an automobile news section of the Jinghua Times.
His case extended to several reporters and PR companies, according to reports.
In November, three other journalists stood trial in Hangzhou over charges of taking bribes from PR firms in Beijing and Shanghai.
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