Association of Taiwan Journalists raps China’s threat to press freedom

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/06/03
By: Ted Chen

Taipei, June 3 (CNA) The Association of Taiwan Journalists (ATJ) on Wednesday railed against China’s draft National Security Act, which had passed its second reading in the National People’s Congress Standing Committee last month, as it may gravely endanger Taiwan’s freedom of news coverage and freedom of expression.

Article 11 of the draft law states that China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is a common obligation of all Chinese people, including the people of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, and that no division will be tolerated.

The association said the article had failed to recognize the reality that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are governed by two distinct states whose sovereignty and legal jurisdictions do not overlap, and the fact that Taiwan is not subject to such “obligations.” It demanded that the PRC delete the “ridiculous” article.     [FULL  STORY]

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