Police cancel warrant for journalist in east China

08:26, July 30, 2010      

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The police of Suichang County in east China's Zhejiang Province canceled a detention warrant for a journalist who was accused by a public company of defamation Thursday morning.

Police of Lishui City, which administers Suichang, ordered the county's public security bureau to cancel the detention warrant for Qiu Ziming, a reporter of Economic Observer News, a Chinese economic newspaper, according to a spokesman for Zhejiang's public security bureau.

Suichang county's public security bureau was also asked to apologize to Qiu.

Qiu had previously been wanted by the police of Suichang after Zhejiang Kan Specialty Material Co., Ltd. (Kan) accused him of defaming the company with fabricated stories.

After a review, the Lishui's municipal police found the detention warrant issued by Suichang county police failed to meet statutory requirements. The municipal police will probe into the illegal detention warrant, the spokesman said.

But the police will continue to investigate the company's accusations of Qiu's wrongdoings in line with law, he added.



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