2008-04-01 23:48:52 Xinhua English
HOHHOT, April 2 (Xinhua) -- A reporter and a correspondent of China Mining News, a newspaper supervised by the Ministry of Land and Resources, were sentenced to seven and six years in jail for taking bribes when covering news in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, a local court said.
The man, surnamed Liu, 32, a reporter in the Shanxi provincial bureau of China Mining News, was accused of taking bribes totaling 45,000 yuan (6,410 U.S. dollars) when investigating a gas explosion in the neighboring Inner Mongolia Autonomous Regionin 2006, a Saihan District People's Court of Hohhot ruling said on Tuesday.
The bureau's correspondent, surnamed Zhao, also received 45,000yuan from the Changfeng Chemical Co. Ltd, which was responsible for the explosion. They did not report the news after taking the bribes, the court said.
Six people died and four were injured in the gas explosion on Oct. 8, 2006.