China jails TV reporter for fake report

A Chinese reporter who fabricated a TV news story saying that steamed-bun makers/vendors in Beijing used chemically-softened cardboard as a filling was sentenced to one year in jail with a fine of CNY 1, 000 (USD 130), state media reported Monday.

China jails TV reporter for fake report
A Chinese reporter who fabricated a TV news story saying that steamed-bun makers/vendors in Beijing used chemically-softened cardboard as a filling was sentenced to one year in jail with a fine of CNY 1, 000 (USD 130), state media reported Monday.

Zi Beijia, 28, who joined the Beijing Television Station (BTV) as a temporary employee with the "Transparency" program this year, allegedly admitted fabricating the entire report on Sunday, according to the People's Daily.

For pursuing career achievements, Zi is alleged to have instructed four migrant workers in the Chinese capital to make "baozi" or meat buns by soaking and crushing discarded cardboard he had collected and mixing it with meat. The baozi were said to have been fed to dogs.

Zi used a home DVD camera to film the entire process and turned in his report after he edited it. The program was widely aired on July 8, sparking a public outcry. The report severely ruined the reputation of the relevant commodities, according to the Beijing court ruling.

Zi made a sincere apology to the audience, BTV, and the people concerned, the report said. He advised journalistic staff to learn lessons from him and follow and mind journalistic ethics.

The so-called cardboard meat buns gained more publicity after the state-owned China Central Television also broadcast Zi's report on July 11, followed by other Chinese and foreign media outlets.

The fake report came out at a sensitive time when attention at home and abroad is focused on problems of food safety in China.

The BTV apologized on July 18 for airing the fabricated report.

Agencies
Last Mod: 13 Ağustos 2007, 23:31
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