Four journalists have been suspended after a typo wrongly announced the “resignation” of China’s president.
Xi Jinping had been at a China-Africa summit in Johannesburg when the China News Service published a report quoting him as saying in his “resignation” that China and Africa had a shared destiny in their histories.
Writers at the state-owned news agency had mixed up the Mandarin words for “speech” (zhi ci) and “resignation” (ci zhi).
So, instead of simply delivering a speech, China’s president was “resigning”.
A number of other news outlets used the story – including the mistake – before the agency was able to issue a correction.
According to the South China Morning Post, a number of CNS journalists have left their jobs over the error, including the agency’s South Africa bureau chief.
Culled from skynews.com