China Launches Crackdown on Fake Journalists - The New Indian Express

China Launches Crackdown on Fake Journalists

Published: 29th March 2014 01:53 AM

Last Updated: 29th March 2014 01:53 AM

China Friday launched a nationwide campaign to crack down on fake journalists and news sites to prevent extortion and spread of fake news.

The campaign, which will run until September, will focus on illegal online media and people who defraud or extort money by pretending to be journalists, according to a joint statement released today by the National Anti-Pornography and Anti-Illegal Publications Office and the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

In a previous campaign running from December last year to the end of February, authorities investigated 136 criminal cases involving fake journalists and confiscated 1.34 million illegal newspapers and magazines, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Many suspects sought negative news about government organs or companies while posing as journalists, and then  extorted money from them by threatening to publicise the news, according to the office.

Some fake journalists also asked for money in return for releasing positive stories.

Their illegal acts have seriously damaged the people's interests as well as media credibility, the statement said.

It added that genuine media and journalists involved in these illegal cases will also be targeted in the new campaign.

Yesterday Xinhua reported that China launched a nationwide campaign to crack down on "rogue" journalists faking news to extort money, which was stated to broadly the same to target persons extorting money claiming to be journalists.

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