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12.05.2013 19:33

Closer Look: Recent Scandals Have Thrown PR Industry into Turmoil

Things are so bad that illicit payments are best made in person instead of by bank transfer, a sure sign changes should be made
By staff reporter He Chunmei

(Beijing) – An employee of a public relations company recently complained to me about the difficulties her industry now faces. The confusion was brought on by recent episodes in which reporters were arrested for taking bribes to print stories.

In the first, a reporter named Chen Yongzhou, was detained for publishing stories that damaged a company's reputation. Later, a trio of reporters faced charges they took bribes from PR firms to publish articles.

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