China Sentences Fake Reporter to Life in Prison for Bribery

From AP via SanDiego.com:

A court sentenced a man to life in prison Wednesday for taking nearly $500,000 in bribes while posing as a reporter – and sometimes a top editor – for the Communist Party’s official newspaper, the People’s Daily.

Liu Yonghong had promised low-level officials outside Beijing that he could help them get promotions or work transfers by delivering their bribes to top leaders in the capital, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

It is not unusual in China for reporters to make deals to write positive stories, or to suppress negative news, in return for bribes or promises to buy advertising.[Full Text]

-Also read CDT’s coverage on the controversial stories of reporter Lan Chenzhang

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