China Daily filed
an appeal on July 2, 2009, challenging the Taiwanese government's decision to revoke
distribution rights of the Beijing-based English-language newspaper in Taiwan,
according to international news reports.
The Hong Kong edition of the Chinese state-run publication
was introduced in Taiwan
last July. In March 2009, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai
Huang-liang lodged a complaint with Taiwan's Government Information
Office (GIO) saying that the paper was as a tool against the Taiwanese. A
review commission revoked the newspaper's publishing rights on May 19 following
an examination of the content.
The commission cited references to Ma Ying-jeou as Taiwan's "leader" rather than its president, and
weather maps labeling Taiwan
as part of China,
among reasons for the newspaper's license being revoked, according to the Taipei Times, which quoted Cheng
Cheng-chun, director of the GIO's Department of Publications.
split from the mainland during civil war in 1949 and considers itself a
sovereign nation independent from China, which has threatened
military action to assert its own claim to rule the island.
The Committee of Appeal, part of Taiwan's executive branch of
government, will issue a new ruling on the China
Daily's appeal in three months, reported the Taipei Times.