Taiwan

2003

Alerts   |   Taiwan

CPJ condemns journalist's sentencing

New York, July 25, 2003—Taiwan's High Court today sentenced reporter Hung Che-cheng to one and a half years in prison on sedition charges for allegedly revealing military secrets.

Though the court granted Hung a three-year suspended sentence, the threat of imprisonment remains.

The sedition charges stem from a July 29, 2000, article that Hung wrote for the now defunct Power News. Government prosecutors claimed that the report included classified information about Taiwan's military exercises, a sensitive topic because of Taiwan's strained relations with mainland China, which views the island as a renegade province and has threatened to take the territory by force.
July 25, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Attacks on the Press 2002: Asia Analysis

The vicious murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan focused international attention on the dangers faced by journalists covering the U.S. "war on terror," yet most attacks on journalists in Asia happened far from the eyes of the international press. In countries such as Bangladesh and the Philippines, reporters covering crime and political corruption were as vulnerable to attack as those reporting on violent insurgency. Seven journalists were killed in 2002 for their work in Asia.
March 31, 2003 12:10 PM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Fiji, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Attacks on the Press 2002: North Korea

Shortly after U.S. president George W. Bush arrived in South Korea's capital, Seoul, in February 2002 for a state visit, the North Korean state news agency, KCNA, reported a miracle: that a cloud in the shape of a Kimjongilia, the flower named after the country's leader, Kim Jong Il, had appeared over North Korea. "Even the sky above the Mount Paektu area seemed to be decorated with beautiful flowers," KCNA said. The piece was a whimsical effort to trump news of Bush's visit to the other side of the divided Korean peninsula, according to The New York Times.
March 31, 2003 12:03 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Taiwan

Attacks on the Press 2002: Taiwan

Taiwan's free and feisty media continued to report aggressively on everything from sensitive political issues to colorful celebrity scandals despite several high-profile government efforts to rein in controversial reporting.
March 31, 2003 12:01 PM ET
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