Chinese investigative reporter dies after attack

BEIJING -- A supervisor at a northwestern Chinese newspaper says an investigative journalist who was left brain-dead after a recent attack by six men has died.

State media said the attack was believed by many Chinese journalists to be related to the reporter's work exposing wrongdoing.

A man at the Beijiang Morning Post who refused to give his name confirmed that Sun Hongjie, chief reporter at the paper in Xinjiang, died Tuesday morning in hospital.

Sun was attacked Dec. 17 at a construction site in the Xinjiang city of Kuitun.

All domestic media in China remains strictly controlled by the government, with tight censorship rules in place. Chinese journalists are routinely punished and even imprisoned for reporting on government corruption.