Journalist Chen Yongzhou is escorted by police officers at the Changsha  detention centre in Changsha City, Hunan Province.  Mr Chen was arrested last week on charges he defamed state-owned construction equipment maker Zoomlion. He has  confessed on state television to accepting bribes for fabricating stories, despite a public outcry over his detention. Photograph: China Central Television via Reuters TV

Guangzhou-based newspaper New Express has run a front- page apology for apparent misdeeds by one of its reporters, just days after it had appealed (...)

Journalist Chen Yongzhou gives his confession in a detention room at the Changsha Public Security Bureau detention centre in Changsha City, Hunan Province. Mr Chen’s lengthy explanation of how he invented negative stories about the Changsha-based firm is the latest in a series of televised confessions by suspects in high-profile or politicised cases.   Photograph: China Central Television/Reuters TV

A Chinese financial reporter detained on suspicion of harming a business’ reputation confessed on state television today that he was fed untrue inf(...)

In a front-page splash, the state-run tabloid ran a three-character headline saying “Please release him” and called on police in Changsha to set free reporter Chen Yongzhou.

China’s New Express newspaper has made an unprecedented front-page appeal for the release of one of its journalists, as the central government continu(...)