Breaking News

Sun Hung Kai Says Thomas Kwok Resigns as Chairman After Conviction

Chinese Reporter Held After Bo-Trial Gatecrash Call, FT Reports

A Chinese journalist who supports Bo Xilai was arrested after allegedly calling for people to gatecrash the ousted Politburo member’s corruption trial, the Financial Times reported.

Song Yangbiao, a Maoist and journalist with Guangzhou, China-based The Time Weekly newspaper, was detained Monday and faces charges of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles,” the newspaper reported.

Song took to Sina Corp.’s (SINA) Twitter-like Weibo microblog service to urge people to converge on Bo’s trial in the city of Jinan and break him out of prison, the FT said, citing people who read the posts it didn’t identify. It said the posts have since been deleted.

Bo was charged last month with bribery, corruption and abuse of power. His wife, Gu Kailai, was convicted last year of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood.

Police have confirmed that Song was detained, the FT reported, without citing anyone by name. It said family members and a lawyer representing Song confirmed the charges.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rachel Savage in London at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Liu at

Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.

Bloomberg reserves the right to remove comments but is under no obligation to do so, or to explain individual moderation decisions.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.