Issue Date: Nov 30, 2013
A Chinese daily, which had campaigned for the release of one of its journalists, has issued an apology. The Guangdong-based New Express said a preliminary police investigation found that its reporter, Chen Yongzhou, had accepted money to publish numerous false reports. He was arrested over claims that he defamed a partly state-owned firm, Zoomlion, in articles exposing alleged corruption. Chen wrote several articles alleging financial irregularities at the construction-equipment company. Zoomlion denies the allegations.