CCP pa­per Web page’s chief editor gets probed

The China Post - - LIFE -

The editor-in-chief of one of main­land China’s most prom­i­nent of­fi­cial media web­sites is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for sus­pected bribe-tak­ing, pros­e­cu­tors said Fri­day, amid a high-pro­file anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign by main­land Chi­nese leader Xi Jin­ping.

Pros­e­cu­tors in He­nan were prob­ing Liao Hong, the chief editor and vice chair­man of the Peo­ple’s Daily Online, and board mem­ber Chen Zhixia, the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate said in a one­line no­tice on its web­site.

The Peo­ple’s Daily Online is the web­site of the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party’s mouth­piece news­pa­per, although the two are run sep­a­rately and along­side Peo­ple’s Daily ar­ti­cles the online ver­sion pub­lishes its own con­tent, which can be markedly more pop­ulist.

Liao has been the chief editor since 2010, ac­cord­ing to his of­fi­cial bi­og­ra­phy.

The Peo­ple’s Daily Online deputy chief editor has been un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion since May, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by South­ern Week­end, a Chi­nese news­pa­per.

Main­land Chi­nese leader Xi has launched a much-pub­li­cised drive to crack down on cor­rup­tion, vow­ing to take on both se­nior “tigers” and lowlevel “flies.” But crit­ics say that no sys­temic re­forms have been in­tro­duced to com­bat graft.

Last week China said it will pros­e­cute 30 peo­ple tied to a large media cor­rup­tion case in­volv­ing one of the coun­try’s best known fi­nan­cial news­pa­pers, the 21st Cen­tury Busi­ness Her­ald, in­clud­ing for­mer ex­ec­u­tives.

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