CCP paper Web page’s chief editor gets probed
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.