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MAC concerned about free press in China

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.

1 Comment
January 26, 2013    fbo1111@
Island’s freedom of press and democratic values:

"You can't be in the media business and be boring." Just a word from Jimmy Lai, Taiwan Media providing Media Excitement and "fun" content: This is what people look for in Taiwan from.... their Iphone, always connected to local news. Maybe the only way to escape the real world: exhaust with work, guanxi, and other "face value" for Friend and family, most Taiwanese can’t breathe for themselves. Next Media gives 30 minutes to their Visual team to reconstruct a fragmented story, without any evidence, and make it fun, outrageous in their artificial content. This is Taiwan Free Press, but not based on Human Right International Convention and democratic values.
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