Chinese reporter sacked for posing for pictures at scene of fatal accident

Pile-up triggered by thick fog left 18 people dead and 21 injured

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 November, 2017, 1:53pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 November, 2017, 3:50pm

A radio reporter in eastern China was sacked on Thursday after posing for pictures at the scene of a road accident that left 18 people dead and 21 injured, local media reported.

The woman, surnamed Ling, was working for the Fuyang Broadcasting Station in Anhui province, when she took the pictures and later shared them on Weibo, according to news portal QQ.com.

One image, which showed Ling smiling as she held up her media badge and made a V for victory sign in front of burnt-out vehicles, prompted a flurry of criticism from web users.

“We decided to fire our staff reporter surnamed Ling due to her improper behaviour which triggered a negative impact in society,” Fuyang Broadcasting Station said in an announcement on Thursday morning.

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“We will enhance the professional education and training of our staff in the future,” it said.

The accident, which was caused by thick fog, happened early on Wednesday and involved more than 30 vehicles that ploughed into each other, Beijing News reported.

The collisions resulted in a number of vehicles catching fire.

Fuyang fire brigade eventually put out the blaze and rescued 17 people.

The cause of the accident is now under investigation.

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In August 2012 Yang Dacai, the head of a work safety body in Shaanxi province, was widely criticised after he was photographed smiling at the scene of a bus crash in which 36 people died.

Angry internet users soon tracked down a number of other pictures showing him wearing a number of luxury watches that would have been beyond the reach of a typical Chinese civil servant.

Following a probe, Yang was sacked for “serious wrongdoing” and expelled from the Communist Party. He was later sentenced to 14 years in prison.