Minister of Culture Lung Ying-tai (龍應台) yesterday said she would not comment on China’s reported ban on the work of Taiwanese novelist and film director Giddens Ko (柯景騰) and Chinese American historian Yu Ying-shih (余英時) unless the reports are confirmed.
Chinese Web sites reported on Saturday that several publishers received a notice from the Chinese State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television asking them to remove books by Ko and Yu from sale and not to publish further work by Yu, Hong Kong writer and critic Leung Man-tao (梁文道) and others.
Lung said her understanding is that Beijing has a standard operating procedure it follows on censorship, and she had not seen evidence of that in the past two days.
She said she would make a public comment if the alleged ban is clarified and confirmed.
The writers were allegedly banned because of their support for Hong Kong’s Occupy Central movement, and for being outspoken supporters of democracy and human rights.
Ko, also known as Jiu Ba-dao (九把刀), openly supported the Sunflower movement, which occupied the main chamber of the legislature in March and April to protest the government’s handling of the cross-strait service trade agreement.
Late last month, he posted photos of his shaved head on Facebook, apparently in support of the Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong. Three organizers of the movement and dozens of others shaved their heads earlier in the month to show their determination to fight for free elections of Hong Kong’s chief executive.
Ko on Sunday on Facebook urged fans not to worry about him.
Ko, one of Taiwan’s best-selling authors, said he did not know what was going on and was not interested in responding to rumors on the Internet.
Ko’s manager said she has been unable to verify the reports as they have yet to hear from Modern Press Co, the Chinese publisher of Ko’s books.
SMALL RESPITE: The past few rainy days, which came after one month of virtually no rain on the west coast, did not ease Taiwan’s water shortage problems, the CWB said A weather system from southern China has over the past three days replenished Taiwan’s reservoirs with almost 16 million tonnes of water, giving Taiwan a slight relief from a water shortage, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said yesterday. From 12am on Tuesday to 4pm yesterday, about 15.97 million tonnes fell in the catchment areas of the nation’s reservoirs, which is slightly more than Taiwan’s average daily water use, it said. However, the rain would ease today, with only isolated showers forecast in Hualien and Taitung counties, as well as in southern Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said. For other regions, cloudy to
A debt dispute between a restaurant owner and a criminal ring might be behind a bizarre cockroach attack at the Taipei eatery on Monday night while it was hosting a police gathering, Taipei Police Commissioner Chen Jia-chang (陳嘉昌) said yesterday. Preliminary findings of a police investigation into the case at the G House Taipei suggest that the unusual incident might have been directed at the restaurant’s owner, who allegedly owes money to the Bamboo Union, Chen said. The suspects were Bamboo Union members and there was no evidence indicating that the cockroaches were targeted at the police officers at the restaurant, he
Taiwan’s armed forces should closely monitor China’s development of a new tanker aircraft, as it would significantly boost the Chinese air force’s capability to carry out long-range raids, a military expert said on Wednesday. Ou Si-fu (歐錫富), a research fellow at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research, said in an online article that China is developing a tanker variant of its Y-20 military transport aircraft, known as the Y-20U. The Y-20 has a maximum take-off weight of 220 tonnes and the tanker variant is expected to carry up to 60 tonnes of fuel, more than three times the maximum
TRAVELING WHILE CONTAGIOUS: The highest risk of infection is indoors, especially in settings where people take off their masks to eat and drink, an expert warned The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday posted a list of places visited by people who were recently diagnosed with COVID-19 while they were likely contagious, urging people who visited the sites at the same time to practice self-health management. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said that confirmed case No. 1,129 — a woman in her 60s who works at Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, a designated quarantine facility, and tested positive on Friday — visited Chiayi between Friday last week and Monday. On the first day of her trip, she visited the Big Chiayi