Chinese newspaper penalised for false reporting
Beijing: A Chinese daily has been warned and fined for running several inaccurate reports.
The Economic Observer, a newspaper based in China's Shandong province, has been punished for running several inaccurate reports, reported Xinhua citing the General Administration of Press and Publication in a statement on Wednesday.
An investigation by authorities found that a July 18 report in the newspaper about a Ministry of Railways reform scheme that may involve the establishment of three corporations was untrue.
The reporter had not interviewed the subjects involved and wrote the story based on information available online and individual experts' opinions and suggestions, the statement said.
Moreover, several other reports this year, including one about a Samsung Electronics project, also proved unfounded, the statement said.
The administration has also revoked the press card of the journalist responsible for the erroneous story and warned journalists that they are responsible for reports lacking credible sources, the statement said.