Date: Jul 26, 2015
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
The police chief who arrested three journalists on Thursday night will not be punished, Taipei
Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday.
The journalists were arrested along with student activists and charged with trespassing on the Ministry of Education’s grounds, with police officers temporarily confiscating their mobile phones and cameras.
“I view this as an unexpected situation and am prepared to shoulder the responsibility myself because there were no clear rules to follow,” said Ko, adding that it would be unfair to for Zhongzheng First Precinct Police Chief Chang Chi-wen (張奇文) to take the blame for the journalists’ arrest.
Late on Friday, Ko apologized in a media release for what he said was the police department’s “infringement on press freedom.” [FULL STORY]