China state media announce confessions in stock market investigations
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese state media announced a slew of confessions on Monday following investigations into dramatic stock market fluctuations, including from a reporter who said he had spread false information that had caused "panic and disorder".
An official from China's securities regulator, and four senior executives from China's largest brokerage, CITIC Securities (600030.SS: Quote) 6030.HK, confessed to insider dealing, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
China is trying to restore value to its stock markets, where shares have lost around 40 percent since mid-June on concerns over the slowing economy and a devaluation of the yuan in mid-August.
Authorities have announced crackdowns on fabricated trading information, alleged malicious short selling and other strategies seen as weakening confidence in the stock market.
Wang Xiaolu, a reporter at the respected Caijing business magazine, read a confession about his reporting on the stock market on a national state television broadcast on Monday.
"I shouldn't have sought to make a big splash just for the sake of sensationalism," he said on China Central Television, adding that his actions had "brought great harm upon the country and investors".
It was not possible to verify whether Wang was forced to make the confession or did so of his own free will.
Chinese state media often publish confessions of those detained in high-profile cases before they are tried in court, a practice that rule of law advocates say violates the rights of the accused to due process.
Xinhua said Wang had confessed to writing about the Chinese stock market "based on hearsay and his own subjective guesses". Continued...