Fake reporter sentenced for bribery

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.

Fake reporter sentenced for bribery
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.

It was not immediately clear whether Liu had ever worked for the newspaper.

A man working in the administrative office of the People's Daily, who like many Chinese officials would only gave his surname, Hu, said Liu used to live in the People's Daily housing compound but refused to say why, or how he was linked to the newspaper.

"This man was not a reporter of People's Daily. He claimed he was a reporter for the newspaper to extort money," Hu said. "We welcome the fair and just court trial against him. We also need to learn a lesson from the incident."

He declined to elaborate, and told reporters to read Xinhua's article on the conviction for further details.
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