| Globaltimes.cn | 2013-10-27 12:02:00
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|Journalist Association denounces detained reporter for false reports
The All-China Journalists Association (ACJA) on October 26 condemned a Chinese reporter who has been detained on suspicion of releasing unverified and untrue stories about a company.
Detained reporter apologizes for releasing untrue stories
A Chinese reporter who is now detained confessed his acts of having released unverified and untrue stories about a company for money and fame and expressed his apology.
Paper demands release of reporter Chen Yongzhou
Newspaper calls on police to release detained reporter
Journalist detained for damage to enterprise
|Video: Detained reporter apologizes for releasing 'untrue stories'|
|Changsha Public Security Bureau|
The New Express fabricated facts and published 18 negative stories about Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Development Co Ltd, 14 of which were bylined by Chen, between September 2012 and August 2013.
|The New Express|
The only mistake fact-checkers could find is that he wrote "advertisement expenses are 513 million yuan," rather than "advertisement and business entertainment expenses are 513 million yuan," and Chen didn't violate any law or professional ethics.
Chen never communicated with them about related issues or interviewed any staff members. After reading the paper's reports, the company sent top management staff to the office of the New Express Daily twice to discuss the issue, but they failed to reach an agreement. Du Feng said that the groundless reports continued; so, they chose to report the case to the police.
-- Du Feng, assistant to the Chairman of Zoomlion
|All-China Journalists Association (ACJA)|
ACJA steps into the matter amid growing public attention to the arrest after the New Express Daily published a satirical article admonishing police for arresting one of their reporters without any proof of wrongdoing.
Chen's behavior has seriously violated journalistic professional ethics and harmed the media's credibility.
| Case Timeline|
| Previous Cases|
|Ge Qiwei, who identifies himself as a freelance writer and news reporter||Arrested on charges of rumor-mongering, extortion and provoking trouble|
Confessed to the crimes
|Liu Hu, New Express reporter||Arrested on charges of libel |
Fired by New Express
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