Two Next magazine employees who had reported from inside Taipei Municipal Hoping Hospital after it was quarantined because of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) were sent to Keelung River Public Housing Complex in Taipei yesterday for a 14-day quarantine period, said a Taipei City Government official.
On Sunday, officials had said the pair would be quarantined in the Hungwu military barracks.
The two journalists stayed in Hoping Hospital after it was sealed off nearly two weeks ago pretending to be patients or relatives and they filed reports from the hospital.
A camera and two notebook computers belonging to the pair -- a male cameraman and a female reporter -- were confiscated, said Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇), director of the Taipei City Information Department.
As for the pair's actions, it remains to be seen how the two will be judged according to news ethics or principles of self-discipline, Wu said.
Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (
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Pei criticized that the city government's handling of the pair, including confiscating their belonging and threatening a lawsuit. Pei said the city's actions violated the the principle of press freedom.