Tue, Dec 18, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Lawmaker seeks to amend insult laws

CASES:The proposal to change the Criminal Code comes on the back of a number of cases where political commentators were prosecuted for criticizing the government

By Tseng Wei-chen and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter, with Staff writer

“How could commenting on political affairs, criticizing the government or damaging the national flags pose any immediate danger?” Chen asked. “Especially when the country already has laws to handle cases of overstated criticism or personal attacks.”

Academia Sinica’s legal researcher Fort Liao (廖福特) said it was bizarre for the government to add public offices to a list of targets protected from defamation and that only slanderous remarks targeting an individual should be dealt with in the court.

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