'Beijing Youth Daily' editor arrested for taking bribes: report

Long-time technology editor was arrested for allegedly pocketing millions in kickbacks

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 December, 2013, 10:51am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 December, 2013, 2:57pm

A senior editor with Beijing’s most popular newspaper, the Beijing Youth Daily, has been arrested on graft charges, according to a report by Caixin, amid a wider crackdown on malpractice in the media industry.

Xiong Xiong, who headed the newspaper’s technology coverage, has been arrested for taking more than 1 million yuan (HK$1.3 million) in bribes, the financial publication reported, citing unidentified sources.

The newspaper said the Chaoyang District Procuratorate approved his arrest, without specifying when it had taken place.

The report on Xiong’s arrest comes shortly after police shut down six public relations companies and detained dozens of people throughout the mainland. These companies stand accused of colluding with social media portal managers to delete unfavourable posts on social media, which could have harmed clients’ reputations.

A staffer reached at the Beijing Youth Daily said that its IT desk had been abolished a year ago and that Xiong was no longer with the paper.

Xiong has worked there for more than a decade.

Wang Guangxiong, an angel investor in the IT sector, said Xiong’s arrest is not the end of the crackdown.

“The quake this matter has brought to the world of public relations is still ongoing. Everybody watch out,” Wang wrote in a post on his Sina Weibo microblog on Wednesday.