Chinese exec charged with taking bribes

Yang Peihong accused of favoring two TV stations

BEIJING — The director of the Internet communication management section of China’s powerful State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has been charged with accepting bribes worth 40,000 yuan ($6,068).

Yang Peihong was charged by the Xicheng District People’s Procuratorate of Beijing, the Xinhua news agency reported.

She is accused of favoring two TV stations in issuing permits for TV programs to be viewed online in 2007. She is accused of taking $3,034 from each station, Xinhua quoted the prosecutors as saying. She reportedly used the money to invest in the stock market.

The story has been reported widely in the Chinese media, where tales of official corruption are increasingly widespread as the government seeks to keep a lid on public unhappiness with official graft.

The charges come at a time when Internet use is growing in the country, which has caused regulators to face daunting challenges and temptations, Xinhua said. It will send the right message to other regulators and relevant market players, said the prosecutors.

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