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Ma waging war on media, pundit says

‘SOFT WHITE TERROR’:Nan Fang Shuo sees the rejection by the ‘China Times’ of his recent column as evidence of a campaign by Ma to turn the media against Wang

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Nan Fang Shuo told the Taipei Times that no one from the China Times had talked to him about his column.

The China Times asked a friend of Nan Fang Shuo, who used to work in the editorial room in the newspaper, to pass a message to him that “they would not run the column” and did not give me an explanation, he said.

It was the second time the China Times rejected Nan Fang Shuo’s column.

The first rejection came on May 17, 2011, with a column where Nan Fang Shuo mentioned that Ma and Beijing had agreed to a strategy to boost Ma’s chance of winning the 2008 presidential election.

A columnist for the China Times for more than 20 years, Nan Fang Shuo said he did not join the boycott staged by academics against writing op-ed for the newspaper amid the Anti-Media Monopolization movement last year because he found it hard to abandon the newspaper at the time.

“But now, I have no feelings for [the China Times] and I will never write a column for the newspaper,” Nan Fang Shuo said.

The Chinese-language Apple Daily yesterday invited him to start a column in the newspaper and he has accepted the offer, he said.

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