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Friday, August 28, 2015, 17:41

Two People's Daily executives probed for graft

By Agencies

BEIJING - Two executives of the company that runs the website of the Communist Party of China's top newspaper - People's Daily - are being investigated for corruption, the Supreme People's Procuratorate said on Friday.

Liao Hong, chairman of People.cn Co Ltd., the online platform of the People's Daily, has been placed under "compulsory measures", a term that denotes detention, for suspected crimes relating to bribery, the top prosecutor said.

The company's vice chairman, Chen Zhixia, was also being investigated, the Supreme People's Procuratorate said in a statement on its website.

"The investigation is ongoing," the prosecutor said, without giving further details.

Liao, who was also chief editor, had been a long-time journalist and executive at the website. In 2009, he won a top government journalism prize, according to his biography on People.cn.

China's graft busters have gone after other executives and journalists within state-run media, part of a broad crackdown on corruption that has swept official ranks since President Xi Jinping took power in 2012.

Guo Zhenxi, the advertising director at China Central Television and director-general of its finance and economics channel was detained in June 2014 for suspected bribery.

Several of the network's other senior producers, executives and journalists have faced investigation recently.

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