Intervention may traumatize socialite's 'love child': NCC
By Katherine Wei ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Following a string of frequent broadcast of news concerning the true biological father of socialite Lee Chen-ni's (李珍妮) daughter that allegedly prompted complaints, the National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said it would not be intervening by force in fear of traumatizing Lee's child.
August 21, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The topic had been a local media favorite since Lee had first claimed her child's father was industry leader John Hsuan (宣明智), later naming China Development Financial Senior Executive Vice President Daniel Wu (吳春台) as the father, and reverting to Hsuan once more — all in the past week. The Satellite Television Broadcasting Association (STBA) had sent a letter to all local television news channels this week, suggesting that the channels should lessen the broadcasting of the related news as STBA feared the act would possibly reveal the identity of Lee's daughter.
Since Lee is a celebrity and had brought up the issue herself, the media cannot avoid bringing up her name in the news, making the privacy of the dispute a special case; should the responsible organization force an intervention, there may be additional reports that traumatize Lee's child further, noted the NCC.
The NCC investigates after receiving complaints regarding television news from the public as a rule, but stated that it had not heard of any criticism concerning the broadcasting of Lee's news.
“We are pleased that the media took the initiative in restraining themselves,” said an unnamed NCC official, who added that the NCC hoped to keep their handling of the case toned down.
According to the United Daily News, most news channels have either stopped or toned down the frequency of the reports.
Hsuan admitted to three extramarital affairs to date and that he had fathered three children with other women.
Hsuan pressed charges against Lee's paternity claim in Taipei District Court on Aug. 14, filing for the confirmation that the biological parent-child relationship does not exist.
The reports concerning the non-existence of biological parent-child relationships are prohibited from being broadcast by the Protection of Children and Youths Welfare and Rights Act, said the STBA.