BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court on Sunday sentenced a television reporter to one year in jail for fabricating a report that Beijing dumpling makers used cardboard as a filling.
The official Xinhua news agency said the journalist, Zi Beijia, was convicted after an open court hearing of “infringing the reputation of commodities”. He was also fined 1,000 yuan
Zi, a temporary reporter for Beijing television, was arrested after it emerged that he had cooked up a report that local makers of steamed dumplings were softening cardboard by soaking it in caustic soda and then flavouring it with pork juice.
The report caused a stir, not least because China is under international scrutiny for exporting food and other products that safety inspectors have found to be tainted or substandard.
Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.