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Chinese TV censor's conviction points to 'common' bribery problem
Chinese TV censor's conviction points to 'common' bribery problem

It’s a fact of life in the Chinese media world: If you want to get on the air, you first must pass the censors. But recent events show that getting approved might be as easy as signing a check. A censor within the State Administration for Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), Li Ning, was convicted Aug. 11 of taking bribes of nearly $49,000 from producers in exchange for helping them get permits for their shows, the Beijing-based newspaper Legal Mirror reported this week. The powerful agency oversees everything from radio programs to film and television broadcasts.  Li had allegedly been taking bribes since he began working as a censor back in 2006. He was...

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