May 30, 2003


You expect this sort of thing from CNN and The New York Times, but not China Youth Daily:

A Chinese newspaper group has fired a reporter and suspended two editors over an article that said one in 10 female university students in a central city work as prostitutes, a manager at the paper said today.

The article about the city of Wuhan appeared on May 21 in Youth Reference, published by the China Youth Daily, one of the mainland's biggest newspapers.

It was reprinted by several newspapers in areas throughout the country.

Reporter Chen Jieren has been fired and two editors, Fan Yongsheng and Liang Ping, were suspended, said a manager in the newspaper's administration office in Beijing. She wouldn't give her name or other details.

The paper published an apology on May 23, saying its report "did not have any basis."

Posted by Tim Blair at May 30, 2003 03:10 PM

Good, I believe in truth in the media. More probably it's closer to 3 in 10.

Posted by: Wallace at May 30, 2003 at 03:34 PM

Bloody Hell, the politburo must be slacking off. Surely these scaremongering counter-revolutionaries deserve death for spreading these lies aginst the wonderful and enlightened people of China.

Posted by: Todd at May 30, 2003 at 04:41 PM

One in ten female university students are prostitutes???

That equates to a 90% unemployment rate!

Posted by: Indole Ring at May 30, 2003 at 05:18 PM

My thoughts the same as Wallace and Indole.

Great minds run in the same gutter.

Posted by: Andjam at May 30, 2003 at 08:29 PM

Damn! I guess I'll have to cancel my sex-junket to China!!!

Posted by: The Meatriarchy at May 30, 2003 at 11:52 PM

Ya think that Rumsfeld has a base deal he is working on for China?

Somebody needs to tell him about this!

Posted by: devils chewtoy at May 31, 2003 at 08:06 PM