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Xinhua journalist makes corruption allegations online, posts deleted soon after

world Updated: Jul 17, 2013 21:04 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

A journalist working for the tightly controlled Chinese state media on Wednesday made online accusations against a state-owned firm of large-scale corruption, hours before the relevant posts were deleted from the internet.

According to several reports, Wang Wenzhi, working for state-run Xinhua, detailed his allegations against Song Lin, head of the China Resources (Holdings) Co on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo.

Wang structured his allegations of huge financial corruption like an open letter addressed to the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) disciplinary department.

According to AFP, Wang said Song was responsible for the state-run company losing billions of Yuan (hundreds of millions of dollars) in a deal to buy assets from another company.

“Song Lin and other senior managers who participated in the acquisition neglected their duty and are suspected of graft involving a huge amount,” Wang wrote.

Wang said China Resources agreed to buy several mining and factory assets in 2010 from a private company in the northern province of Shanxi for 7.9 billion Yuan ($1.3 billion).

A previous potential bidder had estimated the same assets to be worth just 5.2 billion yuan, Wang added.

China Resources, a Fortune Global 500 company, is a conglomerate operating in sectors including retail, property, finance and electricity.

But within hours of him detailing his allegations on Sina Weibo, his account was blocked and could no longer be accessed, AFP reported.

Xinhua's own website itself carried a report on his posting, but then took it down.

“…Wang Wenzhi, who is working for the Economic Information Daily, said today he "earnestly requests" the county's party disciplinary organ investigate on the wrongdoings by a group of senior officials in the company led by CEO, who is ranked as a deputy minister level official,” a report in the said.

The website added that in investigations were launched in May against, Liu Tinenan a minister level official for corruption, after Caijing reporter Luo Changping, accused him of lying about his academic qualifications and engaging in "improper dealings" with business associations.

Liu was former energy chief, and deputy head of the NDRC, the country's top economic planning agency.