The National Communications Commission (NCC) should adopt equal standards for news media, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) said yesterday amid accusations that CtiTV News was being influenced by China.
The Financial Times in an article on Wednesday cited a source who said that CtiTV News and the China Times received calls from China’s Taiwan Affairs Office directing them on how to report the news that day.
The commission on Thursday said that it would launch an investigation into CtiTV News and the China Times.
Han said in a statement he was certain that overseas compatriots, as well as residents in Taiwan, including Kinmen, Lienchiang and Penghu counties, loved the Republic of China (ROC) and its flag.
He does not believe that the TV channel is a sellout, Han said.
The commission on Wednesday said that CtiTV News dedicated 70 percent of its airtime in May to Han.
“There are only two factions that wish to unmake the ROC — the People’s Republic of China and the Taiwanese independence faction,” he said.
With political concerns elevated over journalistic neutrality, the council has become a tool for media oppression, one that allows slander and defamation of certain candidates, while punishing positive reporting of that same candidate, he said.
“This [double standard] cannot remain,” Han said.
The commission yesterday reiterated its stance that the media and broadcasting companies should be professional and autonomous.
It is investigating the issue and if the accusations are true, CtiTV News and the China Times would be liable to provisions of the Radio and Television Act (廣播電視法), the Cable Television Act (有線電視法) and the Satellite Broadcasting Act (衛星廣播電視法), the commission said.
The case could be transferred to other authorities if breaches of the National Security Act (國防安全法) or the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (台灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例) are suspected, it said.
The commission will not acknowledge baseless and irrational accusations, acting NCC spokesperson Hsiao Chi-hung (蕭祈宏) said in response to Han’s accusations that the commission was oppressing some media firms.
Media firms should adhere to Item 2, Act 27 of the Satellite Broadcasting Act and “be sure to verify the facts and observe the principle of fairness when making news or commentaries,” Hsiao said.
Media firms should be professional and autonomous, and should not allow inappropriate political intervention, he said.
Additional reporting by Liu Li-jen
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu
A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,