BEIJING, Dec. 14 (Xinhuanet) -- Many reporters said they had received anonymous calls asking them not to make public Sony digital camera flaws, the Xinhua Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.
The provincial administration for
industry and commerce of Zhejiang in east China announced on Monday evening that
six models of Sony digital cameras involving 30 production batches were
spotchecked as unqualified in terms of imaging quality and automatic exposure
The local authorities have asked stores to take the problem
aticcameras off the counter.
But many media said they received anonymous calls
urging a cover-up before the story was published.
"We were asked not to report and promised a huge
subscription to our newspaper," a local newspaper editor was quoted as saying.
"He (the anonymous caller) also said that all other
newspapers had decided not to report it, and the administration for industry and
commerce has adopted biased measures during the inspection," the editor said,
without giving his name.
Last week, the administration launched a spotcheck on 34
models of digital cameras in six brands on sale in the province, and found
that 13 models were unqualified.
Sony DSC-H1 and DSC-L1, produced in Sony's Shanghai
branch, were found to have problems in imaging balance, white balance, automatic
exposure and the brightness of the LCD screen.
The other four problematic Sony models, DSC-P200,
DSC-W7, DSC-W5 and DSC-S90, made in a factory in Wuxi, a city west to Shanghai,
were also found inferior in imaging balance and automatic exposure.
"Before the announcement of the defective Sony
cameras, we tried to contact the Sony branch in Hangzhou (capital of
Zhejiang),but were refused," said Bian Yuyang, a staff member of the Zhejiang
provincial administration for industry and commerce.
Most Chinese newspapers published the news right
after the announcement. Enditem