The Association of Taiwan Journalists (ATJ) yesterday accused the police of brutality and trying to block media from reporting on the forced demolition of houses in Taipei’s Huaguang Community (華光).
“Law enforcement personnel should respect and help to protect journalists’ right to report on events. They have to be very clear that journalists are not their targets,” ATJ chairwoman Chen Hsiao-yi (陳曉宜) said. “It is absolutely unacceptable that the police try to block journalists from doing their jobs, as they did today [yesterday].”
Chen was commenting on clashes between police and journalists as the police tried to escort a demolition squad into Huaguang Community to tear down two houses.
Wang Min-wei (王敏為), a photojournalist from the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper), was manhandled by several officers who tried to remove him from the scene. Wang resisted, while several other reporters came to his assistance.
“I took pictures of the officers who grabbed me. I will send the photographs to the ATJ and see what we can do to protest,” he said.
Wang was not the only media representative to run into problems.
“We will start demolishing the house, please leave the area,” Liao Kuo-hung (廖國宏), a clerk from the Taipei District Court, told a group of reporters. “I will give you three minutes to leave.”
A few minutes before, the reporters had been told only to stay away from the front entrance of the house to be demolished, and stay in a designated area for the media across the street from the house.
“You just told us that we could be here,” reporters said. “We are not leaving.”
Protesters began to chant: “Freedom of the press,” while some reporters joined in.
In the end, the reporters were allowed to stay after police checked press passes, but all other reporters were kept dozens of meters away from the scene.
“The police should have expected media to be here. They should have figured out a way to help protect journalists doing their job,” Chen said. “If the police don’t learn from this, there will be more conflicts between the police and the media in the future.”
DELUSIONAL: The male patient said he did not know that the woman had mental problems, but the court said that her being restrained in isolation should have given him pause The Taiwan High Court has ordered the Jhudong branch of the Taiwan National University Hospital and a male patient to jointly pay a former female patient’s family NT$400,000 in compensation after the man had sex with the woman, who has mental problems, while hospitalized. The 26-year-old woman has been diagnosed with a mental disorder, a symptom of which is that she obsessively seeks to have sex, her mother said. The mother filed a formal complaint and sought damages from the hospital and the male patient surnamed Chen (陳) after finding out that her daughter had sex with the man while
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) should not use the government’s disease-prevention policy as an excuse to block people’s access to the Taipei Railway Station’s main hall, the Taiwan International Workers’ Association said yesterday. The association held a protest at the station after what organizers said were about 400 people staged a sit-in on Saturday to demonstrate against the TRA’s proposal to ban sitting on the floor of the main hall. In accordance with the Central Epidemic Command Center’s disease-prevention measures, large gatherings have been banned in the hall since the end of February. After protesters yesterday expressed their grievances at the southern
SEEKING OPTIONS: A Sinyi Realty corporate realty official attributed the spike to proposed legal changes in the territory and the ongoing pro-democracy protests More Hong Kongers purchased real estate in Taiwan last year than other foreigners, Ministry of the Interior statistics showed. The ministry attributed the spike to a proposed extradition law that the Hong Kong government submitted last year, which would have allowed suspects to be sent to China and other nations, which sparked mass protests that are continuing. The rate of purchases last year by Hong Kong natural and juridical persons stood at 40 and 60 percent respectively, with building area purchased by both standing at 47.41 percent and 52.59 percent respectively, ministry data showed. Department of Land Administration statistics showed that Hong Kongers
NEW RECRUITS: Nearly 9 million students are to graduate from university next month, and Beijing plans to use incentives to convince them to join the military, an analyst said Rising unemployment in China due to the COVID-19 pandemic could benefit the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) by allowing it to attract new, better educated recruits, a Taiwanese security researcher said on Friday. Chen Ying-hsuan (陳穎萱), a policy analyst at the Division of Chinese Politics and Military Affairs at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research, a government-funded think tank, made the remarks in an article published in the Defense Security Biweekly magazine. About 8.74 million university students are expected to graduate in China next month, while Chinese companies’ demand for fresh graduates fell 16.77 percent annually in the