MAC concerned about free press in China
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo ,The China Post
January 8, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said yesterday that it was concerned about the state of China's free press, amid the recent controversy over Southern Weekly's (南方周末) censorship — a prominent publication based in Guangzhou (廣州).
MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) yesterday fielded questions during an interpellation session at the Legislature's Internal Administration Committee.
With regard to the Southern Weekly editorial department protest against censorship, Wang said that he has long been concerned about the development of free press in mainland China, and that the MAC has on several occasions invited members of China's media to Taiwan through nongovernmental organizations, in a bid to influence them with the island's freedom of press and democratic values.
On another note, Wang also responded to questions regarding the Chinese Music Chart Awards (中歌榜).
The event is one of cross-strait cultural exchange, Wang said, adding that it will help sharpen the edge and increase the business opportunities of Taiwan's pop industry.
The government pushes for cross-strait exchange based on the principle of dignity, and aims to help Taiwan's pop industry become better exposed in China, in order to allow the people across the Strait get better acquainted with the island's diversity, Wang added.