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Hsieh questions DPP on neutrality

MEDIA OBJECTIVITY:The DPP said that Lin Cho-shui’s news columns do not violate rules on neutrality and that it would check Lo Chih-cheng’s contract with FTV

Staff Writer, with CNA

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus whip Hsieh Kuo-liang (謝國樑) yesterday accused the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of failing to live up to its call for media neutrality, saying one of the DPP’s legislative candidates continued to write special columns for newspapers, while another hosts a show on Formosa Television (FTV).

Hsieh told a press conference at the legislature that although the DPP always maintained the view that the media should remain independent of the government, political parties and the military, DPP legislative candidates for New Taipei City (新北市) Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政) and Lin Cho-shui (林濁水) were still involved in the media.

Lo is the host of Taiwan’s View of the World (台灣看天下) on FTV and could use the show to boost his political influence, Hsieh said.

Lin continues to write special columns for newspapers, attacking and “slandering” the KMT using his status as a former legislator, Hsieh said.

Lin’s actions and words are hypocritical, Hsieh said, adding that Lin’s and Lo’s actions violated the neutrality of the media that the DPP is demanding.

Asked for comment, DPP spokesperson Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) said Lin’s articles were published in a special column and did not violate regulations on media neutrality, as Lin did not “have any ownership of the media organization” in question.

As for Lo’s hosting a show on FTV, the party would have to clarify Lo’s contract with FTV before making any decision, Cheng said.

Cheng added that Hsieh did not seem to fully understand the regulations he was purporting to defend.

TRANSLATED BY JAKE CHUNG, STAFF WRITER

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