Thursday, September 22, 2011

Food Scandal Journalist Murdered in China

Li Xiang, a Chinese TV journalist who had recently investigated a food safety scandal, has been murdered. The 30 year old journalist was found with 10 stab wounds on Sunday night in Henan province. The police have stated that robbery was the likely motive, due to the fact that his laptop, wallet and camera were missing. However the New York-based press watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has called on authorities to conduct an investigation to determine whether his murder was related to his journalism. Xiang had recently broadcast reports on Luoyang TV on the illegal recycling of waste oil into cooking oil, which resulted in the arrest of 32 people in Henan and two other provinces.
According to the CPJ, food scandals are not uncommon in China and journalists who report on them are frequently harassed.

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