China’s Ministry of Health accuses media of foul play in undercover expose on hospital foibles in Hangzhou – David Bandurski

From China Media Project:

In the latest showdown over watchdog journalism and media ethics in China, a spokesperson for China’s health ministry yesterday criticized media for “violating professional ethics” and “misleading the public” in a story on medical fraud that ran last month in a number of newspapers and on major Web portals and caused a nationwide sensation. In order to investigate the March story, three reporters for the official Website of China News Service submitted green tea as urine samples at a series of Hangzhou and were delivered (and of course charged for) seemingly improbable diagnoses.

The article in question, “Journalists Pass Tea off as Urine and Submit it for Testing“, appeared on March 20 and announced itself as an expose of poor health practices in the face of growing knowledge of citizens’ rights.[Full Text]

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