Cash for comment in China's murky media world

Alibaba's decision to go public with the news that it was being blackmailed by a Chinese media group is the first step in tackling the widespread corruption in the industry.

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba revealed late last week that it was facing “an organised attempt at blackmail” by an unnamed media organisation that runs a business magazine. According to a post on the company’s official Weibo microblog, the would-be blackmailers have demanded $US300,000 to suppress a negative report about the company.


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