China’s Reporters Face a Backlash Over Investigations – Geoffrey Fowler and Jason Dean

1221journalist.jpgFrom The Wall Street Journal:

In a country where is national policy, Liu Jianqiang has pulled off some remarkable journalistic scoops.

When a wealthy socialite struck and killed a farmer with her BMW in northeastern China three years ago — and then got off with a slap on the wrist — it was Mr. Liu, an investigative reporter from out of town, who dug deep into the case. Local reporters who had been hushed up by government officials passed him information on irregularities in the way prosecutors handled the trial.

The result was a widely read story that suggested corruption influenced the verdict. Within days of the article’s publication, the government ordered an official investigation. A prosecutor in the case was later convicted of receiving bribes on the BMW and other cases, and sentenced to six years in prison.[Full Text]

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