The Shenzhen Evening News has come under fire for taking photos of the body of Yao Beina, a popular singer, at a hospital morgue after her death from breast cancer.
The Shenzhen Evening News issued an apology on Sunday on their official Sina Weibo account, confirming the incident.
Allegations of the incident soon surfaced on Weibo a day after the news of the 33-year-old's death broke. A widely shared post on Weibo under the user name "Entertainment Whistleblower" said that three journalists from the Shenzhen Evening News pretended to be medical staff assisting in the surgery, and sneaked into the morgue to take photographs of the deceased singer's body.
The allegations unleashed a storm of criticism about media ethics on social media.
"Where is your humanity?" commented one Weibo user, referring to the newspaper.
"A simple apology online and that's all you're going to do about an incident that seriously oversteps ethical borders?" said another.