Tuesday, December 4, 2012

“Free China” Highlights Taiwan’s Waning Media Freedom

Lawmakers: “Free China” Highlights Taiwan’s Waning Media Freedom


Taiwanese lawmakers on Wednesday praised a documentary co-produced by NTD for shining light on human rights abuses in China. The praise comes as concerns grow that the voice of domestic Taiwanese media has been compromised. Recently, Taiwanese businessmen with close ties to Mainland China bought a group of China-critical domestic media.
[Chien Yu-yen, Taipei City Councillor]
“They don’t understand the concerns. We’re like the frog sitting in warm water and not realizing the boiling water is killing it. They don’t realize media freedom and human rights here are degenerating, so we need the media to wake-up.”
Chiang and several other Taipei City Councillors had just watched Free China: The Courage to Believe. NTD co-produced the film with award-winning director Michael Perlman. The documentary follows the story of two practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline who were persecuted by Chinese authorities.
The film presents accounts of torture, forced labor, and allegations that the Communist regime has been killing Falun Gong adherents for their organs.
[Chien Yu-yen, Taipei City Councillor]
“This live organ harvesting, we need more films and news about this issue so the public can learn the facts. That’s particularly true in Taiwan.”
Chien Yu-yen is referring to increasing hesitance of Taiwanese media to report unfavourably on China. Those worries increased this week after several Taiwanese tycoons with known ties to China purchased media outlets owned by Hong Kong’s Next Media. Those outlets, including Apple Daily, were known for being critical on the Chinese regime.
[Chiang Chih-ming, Taipei City Councillor]
“Trampling on human rights like this, including forcibly taking people’s organs, these are very cruel. Without the facts presented through things like the film, we cannot imagine it in democratic and free countries.”
Since Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou began pursuing closer ties with China in 2008, critics have warned that his government is opening Taiwan up to political infiltration from the Mainland. The Communist regime sees Taiwan as a break-away province, though it’s never actually ruled the island.
大家都来看”九评共产党” ( VCD, 书)!
Let’s find “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party”(VCD, books)!
Quit the Evil Chinese Communist Party or its affiliated organizations today!