Police in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang said Monday (September 24) they are investigating a reporter who allegedly fabricated a news story about an unusual sexual incident that attracted much public attention.
Chu Trinh, a reporter with the national radio Voice of Vietnam (VOV), is in trouble after the police stated September 21 that his article about man having his penis stuck in the vagina of his daughter-in-law during intercourse was a total fabrication.
On September 18, VOV Online ran an article saying a 58-year-old man named A. and his 36-year-old daughter-in-law were hospitalized in a compromising position after she suffered a vaginal spasm that trapped his penis while they were having sex in their house in Tan Trung Commune, Go Cong Town, Tien Giang Province.
It said A. and the woman were having an affair while his son was away on business in Ho Chi Minh City.
The article said the pair was taken to the Tien Giang General Hospital for emergency treatment and they were later transferred to Ho Chi Minh City because the doctors there could not solve the problem.
Trinh quoted Dr. Ta Van Tram, deputy director of the Tien Giang hospital, as the source for the whole story.
The story spread rapidly on online websites and blogs, with some gossip websites making up more details to get more page views.
When some reporters with other newspapers called Dr. Tram for verification, he denied providing such information to Trinh.
VOV on September 22 published a correction saying the story was made up and promised to punish Trinh.
Trinh explained that Dr. Tram was chatting with some officials about some sexual incidents during a break after a class at the Tien Giang Political School when a relative of Trinh passed by and overheard the conversation.
The relative narrated the conversation to Trinh, who wrote a story right away before double checking the facts.
According to Tien Giang police, many residents in Go Cong Town photocopied the article and sold it for VND1,000 per copy.
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