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May 1, 2017

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'Writer' arrested for threatening Facebook posts

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- An 18-year-old self-fashioned writer was arrested yesterday for posting intimidating messages targeting a local publisher, Gaea, after the company denied up to 17 pieces of work submitted by him over several years.

Gaea, a local publishing house known for distributing the work of online fantasy authors, most notably famed writer/director Giddens Ko (九把刀), fell victim to a Facebook fan page dedicated to slandering the company.

The company received a terrorizing threat from page operator Cho Yu-ting (卓育霆) on March 1, who stated his intention to set fire to the company premises and behead the editor-in-chief.

Cho, an 18-year-old working under the pen name "PHA," claimed that he has been submitting works for publication to Gaea since the seventh grade. Following the company's rejection of his work, the suspect started the Facebook page, looking for an outlet to rant and release his frustration.

The group soon accumulated other aspiring writers who shared the same frustration. Two group members, Cho claimed after his arrest, instigated him to pursue more radical actions to draw the attention of the publisher. The two alleged suspects are currently wanted as accomplices by the police.

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