Chinese Newspaper Calls for Police to Release Reporter
A Chinese newspaper is calling for the release one of its journalists who was arrested after exposing alleged financial wrongdoing at a state-owned company.
The New Express tabloid on Wednesday published an impassioned, front-page editorial under the bold headline, "Please Release Our Man."
The journalist, Chen Yongzhou, was arrested Friday on suspicion of "damaging the reputation of a business" after he wrote a series of reports on the finances of the Zoomlion construction equipment company.
Chen's reports claimed Zoomlion artificially inflated its profits. The company, which is listed in the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges, reported revenues of $7.6 billion last year. The Hunan provincial government owns about one-sixth of the company.
The New Express, which is located in the southern city of Guangzhou, says there is no evidence that Chen committed a crime. The strongly worded editorial said journalists should not be punished for writing stories that embarrass powerful officials or companies.