The following is in the recent news. I list some questions at the bottom.
Taiwan bans Chinese reporters
Taiwan has ordered mainland Chinese reporters to leave as retaliation against China decision to pass a new law authorising an attack on Taiwan if it pushes for formal independence, an official said.
Reporters from China official People Daily and the Xinhua News Agency have been told to leave because they have failed to accurately report on Taiwan, said Taiwan top policymaker on China.
“Wee encouraged cultural exchanges to help the mainland understand Taiwan,” said Joseph Wu, chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council. “But if these exchanges fail to foster understandings, we would have to come up with more effective measures.”
Wu said Taiwan, however, may consider allowing reporters from some unofficial Chinese media. Most Chinese media is state-run, and Wu did not elaborate.
People Daily and Xinhua have had reporters based in Taiwan since 2001.
- Should mainland news agencies be allowed in Taiwan to collect news?
- Is banning news agencies for “not fostering understanding” the right decision?
- Is it the appropriate step to counter the ASL?
My answers are:
- Yes. If mainland news agencies are reporting on Taiwan anyway, they might as well be in Taiwan to collect news instead of making stuff up.
- No. Though the Taiwan government obviously can decide who to allow or not allow to report in Taiwan, it is not the job of news agencies to “foster understanding” but to report the truth. Alternatively, should news agencies be banned for “not reporting accurately”? This is like the tack taken by the mainland government with regards to world news agencies.
- No. This is just a plain stupid response to the ASL. It is perhaps a prelude to shutting down contact between the two sides, which might have worked years ago, but now is impractical. CSB must have wracked his brain for this one and if this is the best he can come up with, then hardcore TIers are hosed.