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GIO remains silent about China’s tightening media

By J. Michael Cole and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporters

The GIO encourages cross-strait exchanges between personnel of various media outlets, motion picture corporations and publishing companies in the field of journalism and culture, she said.

Last year, the number of visits by Chinese media professionals to co-produce TV series, movies or books or to cover feature stories was between 4,000 and 5,000, up from about 1,000 in 2008, Chang said.

The government not only leaves the door open to promote cross-strait media and cultural exchanges, but has also eased restrictions on Chinese journalists stationed in Taiwan by allowing 10 Chinese media outlets to each deploy five reporters, up from three media outlets with each having a maximum three reporters in 2008, she said.

“With the exchanges increasing, we believe people from both sides can have more understanding of the other side,” Chang said.

There were some “limitations” on reports by Chinese journalists stationed in Taiwan, she said.

“For example, a journalist said he did not know that Taiwanese could travel to 124 countries or regions without visas until he came to Taiwan, but he couldn’t write a story on this,” she said.

Despite the limitations, some have written stories about their experiences in Taiwan, such as people waiting for garbage trucks rather than throwing garbage on the ground anytime, she said.

In September, a delegation of about 20 representatives from 10 major media organizations in China, including Xinhua, the People’s Daily, the Economic Daily News, China National Radio, China Radio International and CCTV visited Taiwan, during which calls were made for closer media cooperation across the Taiwan Strait. State Council Information Office Deputy Director Wang Guoqing (王國慶) and Central Committee Propaganda Department Information Bureau Deputy Secretary Zhang Ye (張燁) were part of the group. This was the third visit by a Chinese media delegation since March 2009.

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