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Journalists jailed for taking bribes

FOUR journalists and a man claiming to be a reporter have been given jail terms ranging from nine months to one year for taking bribes from a coal mine owner in northern China's Shanxi Province to cover up a fatal accident.

Zhang Xiangdong, Xiang Zhihao, Zhang Changnian and Zhao Xiuqing were each sentenced to nine months in prison, the General Administration of Press and Publications said yesterday. They are banned from employment in journalism for life.

Liu Xiaobing, who assumed the identity of a reporter from the Legal Daily, got one year for blackmail.

A court in Shanxi Province found they had been paid by a mine owner to stay silent over the death of Ji Xinhong in the September 2008 accident.


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