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Taiwan urges citizens to stay on alert for China-backed media infiltration
日期:2019-08-11 01:41 作者: 来源:新加坡海峡时报网 相似文章:0条
           TAIPEI (REUTERS) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen urged citizens to stay on alert for Chinese-financed media "infiltration" after a Reuters report of a Beijing-backed media campaign in the self-ruled island which China considers its own. Ms Tsai said on Saturday (Aug 10) the Reuters report c_onfirm_ed growing concerns over Chinese attempts to influence press coverage on the island. "The story to some extent c_onfirm_ed that these concerns arent baseless," Ms Tsai told reporters in the southern city of Kaohsiung. "The Chinese infiltration in Taiwan is actually omnipresent and we hope that all citizens could stay on high alert for such infiltration, which includes fake news," Ms Tsai added. The report cited evidence that Chinese authorities had paid at least five Taiwan media groups for coverage in various publications and on a television channel in a campaign to sway popular sentiment in the island. The placement of stories by companies and special interests is common in Taiwan, yet the commissioning of such items by China is potentially explosive on the island, which is increasingly sensitive about mainland efforts to influence opinion. The Taiwan Affairs Office, responsible for overseeing Chinas policies towards Taiwan, did not respond to requests for comment on the Reuters report. In a statement, Ms Tsais ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said it would investigate issues raised in the report. "The party seriously urges the Communist authorities in Beijing not to overlook the Taiwanese peoples determination to defend democracy and freedom," the DPP said.

        
China has viewed self-ruled Taiwan as a wayward province to be brought under its control.

Related Story Paid news: China using Taiwan media to win hearts and minds on island, say sources Beijings campaign comes at a time of growing concern over Chinese influence ahead of Taiwans 2020 presidential elections. In June, tens of thousands of people rallied to call for the regulation of "red media" - outlets that they said had run favourable coverage of a China-friendly presidential candidate ahead of elections in January. Commenting on the Reuters article, Taiwans Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Wu wrote on Twitter that the story had exposed Chinas efforts to influence public opinion in Taiwan. "The people must rally around the flag, not listen to false prophets who accept dirty cash & preach bowing to Beijing & spurning the #US," Mr Wu wrote. Relations between Beijing and Taipei have become more tense since Ms Tsai took office in 2016. Beijing suspects her of pushing for the islands formal independence and has sought to assert its sovereignty with measures including military drills. Topics: TAIWAN CHINA FAKE NEWS More Share Tweet Linkedin Pin Google+ Reddit Print Permalink: http://str.sg/JkoF Copy