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2020 Elections: TPP files lawsuit over online claim of China’s support

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) Secretary-General Chang Jer-yang (張哲揚) yesterday filed a lawsuit over an online article claiming that China Central Television (CCTV) is backing the party in Saturday’s legislative elections.

Chang, accompanied by TPP legislator-at-large nominee Jang Chyi-lu (張其祿) and a lawyer, rang the bell at the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office to file the libel lawsuit, saying that the person who posted the article was spreading misinformation to prevent the election of a candidate.

The person posted an article titled “CCTV wants Taiwanese to vote for the TPP” on Professional Technology Temple — the nation’s biggest online academic bulletin board system — which included a link to a CCTV video clip and a comment that the Chinese Communist Party supports the TPP and its chairman, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲).

“We strongly condemn this type of false claim intended to influence the elections, so we are filing a complaint to clear the facts,” Chang said.

The TPP on Tuesday evening said in a statement that the CCTV news clip did not clearly express support for the party and was only analyzing the upcoming elections.

Political pundit Wang Hao (汪浩) and others have used it to claim that the TPP is a “red” party by giving it a misleading title to cause confusion, which is a significant threat to freedom and democracy, it said.

The party said it deeply regrets that the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister newspaper of the Taipei Times) cited a remark by Wang without fact-checking.

It also said that a remark by academic Lai Yueh-chien (賴岳謙), who is responsible for the online edition of the Chinese-language China Times, that Ko supports Han was “a personal guess” and does not represent Ko’s or the TPP’s stance.

Separately yesterday, Ko said that he usually ignores online attacks against him, but added that he thinks people should be self-disciplined to avoid spreading misinformation.

The TPP members filed a complaint because they considered the case a serious attack, he said.

Ko said that he does not understand why some people always push their own kind away and look for differences between people.

Taiwan is not a very healthy society, he added.

Additional reporting by CNA

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