Sun, Dec 16, 2012 - Page 3 News List

TV host resigns as rumors swirl

CHINESE INFLUENCE:Analysts have linked Grace Liao’s departure to pressure from the Chinese government on the TV station to refrain from discussing ‘taboo’ topics

By Wu Chih-wei and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

“Such suppression of free speech was also seen when Liao was forbidden from discussing human rights issues involving Liu Xia (劉霞), the wife of imprisoned Chinese dissident and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波), who recently lamented in tears her confinement under house arrest in a media interview,” the source said.

Blasting what he called China’s brutal smothering of Taiwanese television programs, an anonymous whistleblower accused the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) of China’s State Council of monitoring and exerting its influence on a number of political talk shows in Taiwan.

According to the whistleblower, SET-TV has allegedly made some promises to TAO deputy director Sun Yafu (孫亞夫) who engaged in pro-unification rhetoric at a two-day forum on cross-strait relations in Taipei last week when the latter recently visited the TV station.

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