外文标题：Editor, scribes, PR executives held in China for extortion
BEIJING: Chinese police have detained eight journalists and public relations (PR) executives for alleged extortion in Shanghai. They include the editor-in-chief of a popular business news website and heads of two PR agencies.
The Shanghai Municipal Public Security Office said the journalists of the news website 21cbh.com and PR firms worked together to extort money from dozens of companies since November 2013. They offered favorable coverage in return.
China has covered journalists under its anti-corruption drive along with government officials. The move comes amid several investigations and detentions of journalists, including senior editors and presenters of the state broadcaster, China Central Television, on charges of bribery in recent weeks.
The detained journalists usually targeted companies vulnerable to adverse media coverage. These included those seeking stock listing or undergoing management restructuring. The website ran positive stories with exaggerated content after receiving "huge payments".
Guangdong-based 21st Century Media Co, which runs the website, claims to be "the largest professional media operator in the Chinese financial and business media industry".
It owns major print publications like the 21st Century Business Herald, Money Week and 21st Century Business Review.
Victims of this journalist-PR agency nexus included several major companies from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong. The two PR firms investigated are based in Shanghai and Shenzhen.
One more addition to the proofs that Indn media channels and personnel are corrupt.
Like in India China also playing paid and buy mass media.
Hope Indian media crooks are prosecuted as they twist and present the news to further the cause of various interest groups instead of publishing and broadcasting unbiased news
Chinese police have detained eight journalists and public relations (PR) executives for alleged extortion in Shanghai. Such incidents of extortion by journalists have been happening in India a lot. They don't get caught because their targets are afraid of police getting into their other activities, that could land them in more trouble.
Godfather Senior (Unknown)
Paid media - half of the news in the Indian press is specific to one single house false stories to raise and raise their business interest and thus for they are successful. Much of the investors do not rely on the alliance.. Is it the same case there too? Wah, we are having another competitor on the border side!!!