The price of bitcoin declined sharply in global markets today, falling by 15%, according to the CoinDesk USD Bitcoin Price Index (BPI). Dollar-denominated markets hit a low of $372.73. BPI data shows that the declines began on Tuesday, accelerating as the week progressed.  At press time, USD markets are reporting an average price of$371.45.

The declines came amid a frenzied media response to the much-discussed exit of BitcoinJ developer Mike Hearn from the bitcoin project in which 30 media outlets seized on his claims the still-operating network had ‘failed’.

Today also saw claims from embattled digital currency exchange Cryptsy that it has been insolvent since 2014 after a hack resulted in the theft of millions of dollars worth of bitcoin, adding to a negative media outlook.

Bitcoin price Jan 15 2016

Chinese markets fell as well, though not as precipitously, declining by 11%, according to the CoinDesk CNY BPI to hit a low of ¥2,532.73.