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Reporters face charges for mine coverup
Reporters face charges for mine coverup|
10 journalists and nearly 50 officials are facing prosecution after a State Council profound allegedly took bribes to cover up a mine disaster in Hebei province.
34 miners and a rescuer died after the explosion of the Lijiawa mine in Yuxian County on Jul 14th last year, 3 weeks before the start of the Beijing Olympics. According to the allegations, mine bosses relocated the bodies, destroyed evidence, and paid the journalists 2.6 million yuan or 380 thousand dollars to cover up the disaster, Xihua News Agency said.
Realities of the diver can quiet, thanks to large payment and threats, it said. The coverup kept the tragedy from the public eye 85 days; the identities of the 10 journalist have not been made in public. A reporter claimed Guan Jian, a Beijing journalist from China Internet Weekly is among them. Guan was attain in Shanxi province in December, and went on trial in April for taking bribes from officials in Yuxian County in the aftermath of the mining accident. The prosecution said the Yuxian county government pays 250 thousand yuan for two pages advertisements, as well as the subscription fee of 30 thousand yuan to its news paper. After receiving the money, Guan destroyed the tape of the tragedy, the prosecution said.
The central government has also press charged against 48 officials including the mine owners, the county chief, work safety officials and police officers in connection to the coverup. The accident is the latest in the serious journalist scandals in china.
In August, a journalist from china central television was sentenced to 3 years in prison with a 4 years reprieve for accepting a bribe in Shanxi province.
A main Beijing reporter Fuhua was charged after he allegedly accepted the money from whistle blowers with the tape off on airport construction quality, and last year, two journalist and 26 people posing as journalists were involved in a scandal in Shanxi after a worker was killed in a mine accident and bribes were allegedly paid.
A revise code for professional ethics for journalist just released by the All China Journalist Association on Friday
[ Last edited by yolanda1 at 2009-11-30 10:54 PM ]