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Sports journalism group responds to WTF critique

Staff Writer, with CNA

A Taiwanese journalist association on Wednesday hit back at the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), telling WTF officials to “watch your words and beware of your behavior,” after the WTF commented about sports reporting in Taiwan.

The Chinese Taipei Sports Journalism Federation was upset by WTF accusations that Taiwanese media were fanning anti--Korean sentiments in their reports about last month’s disqualification of Taiwanese taekwondo athlete Yang Shu-chun (楊淑君) at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

In a decision published on -Tuesday, the WTF slapped a three-month ban on Yang and a 20-month suspension on her coach, Liu Tsung-ta (劉聰達), for staging a ringside protest after Yang was disqualified during a match in the women’s -under-49kg division event.

Upset by the WTF’s implications that Taiwanese media were manipulating their reports about the disqualification, the journalism federation lodged a protest with WTF president Choue Chung-won.

The group said Taiwanese journalists have been reporting the controversy over Yang’s disqualification on the basis of facts and eye-witness accounts.

It is regrettable that the WTF has used biased and provocative language to allude to Taiwanese media, the journalism federation said.

It urged Choue to take note of the fact that Taiwan is a democracy in which all citizens enjoy freedom of expression.

All the Taiwanese media that covered the Yang incident had sent their own reporters to -Guangzhou and they worked independently without bias, the federation added.

The group said the Asian Taekwondo Union’s accusation against the Taiwanese athlete was wrong and that WTF secretary-general Yang Jin-suk had hurt the Taiwan team at the Guangzhou Games.

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