Taiwanese reporter fired for writing fake story about anti-Pinoy restaurant

Agence France-Press reports via GMA News Online that Taiwanese newspaper Lih Pao has sacked the reporter who fabricated a story about a diner that refuses to serve Filipinos amid the furor in Taiwan over the recent killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by a Philippine Coast Guard.

Agence France-Press (via GMA News Online) reports that Taiwanese newspaper Lih Pao has sacked the reporter who fabricated a story about a diner that refuses to serve Filipinos amid the furor in Taiwan over the recent killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by a Philippine Coast Guard.

 

According to the report, the writer, who is identified only by his family name Cheng, "wrote on his Facebook page that he 'witnessed' a diner owner refusing to sell boxed lunches to two men after discovering that they were Filipinos." The report further explained that "when Cheng’s superior asked to meet the owner to verify the story, the reporter sent an impostor and later admitted that he never saw the incident take place."

 

In a statement that was quoted on the report, the newspaper said, "We apologize to the public. Even though we tried to verify the story, we regrettably could not avoid such a deliberate deceit happening."

 

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