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Journo takes on energy chief

By Xu Tianran (Global Times)

09:30, December 07, 2012

A well-known news magazine editor Thursday leveled accusations of corruption on his microblog at a ministry-level official, causing an uproar on the social media space which has seen a surge in whistle-blowing, apparently encouraged by the new leadership's high-profile anti-corruption storm.

This is the first time a journalist has openly challenged an official at such a high level.

Addressing his exposure to the ruling party's discipline inspection authorities, Luo Changping, deputy chief editor of the news magazine Caijing, wrote on his Weibo that Liu Tienan, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission and director of the National Energy Administration, was involved in a series of illegal activities including fraud, graft and sending death threats to a former mistress.

Liu partnered with a businessman in defrauding Chinese banks out of loans, fabricated his master's degree in economics and sent several death threats to his former mistress after they fell out, wrote Luo on his Weibo, while also posting the full text of an investigative report on Luo's alleged business fraud on his blog.

The press office with the National Energy Administration responded quickly on Thursday, telling the Beijing News that the accusations against Luo were "pure slander" and that they would take legal action.

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