Date: May 30, 2016
By: Loa Iok-sin / Staff reporter
Executive Yuan spokesman Tung Chen-yuan (童振源) said he would be available to
journalists 24 hours a day after he was criticized for saying that he would only answer media queries through the Cabinet’s media group on the social networking app Line and urging reporters not to raise questions elsewhere to protect his quality of life and ease his workload.
“To avoid [media outlets] from making a scoop, to lower my workload and maintain my quality of life, I will no longer answer queries from media outlets individually. If you have any questions, please raise it in our Line group for the media. I will answer them to be fair to everyone else,” Tung said in a statement sent at 11:10pm on Saturday via the Executive Yuan’s official Line group for the media.
“I hope this model would work better for all and if you have a better suggestion, you can raise it here and we can discuss it,” he wrote.
The statement triggered uproar among journalists, with many reporting the story as breaking news. [FULL STORY]