Taiwan revokes two Chinese reporters’ credentials

Focus Taiwan
Date: 07/02/2020
By: Lai Yan-hsi and Evelyn Kao

Photo taken from China’s Southeast Television official YouTube channel

Taipei, July 2 (CNA) Taiwan has revoked the credentials of two reporters from China's Southeast Television station and ordered them to leave by Friday, amid an investigation into allegations that several Chinese media outlets have set up studios and produced political talk shows on the island.

According to Taiwan's top China policy-making body, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), it launched an investigation after local media reporters alleged that Chinese broadcasters, including China Central Television (CCTV), Southeast Television and Cross-Strait Television have established studios in Taipei and produced political talk shows which usually have a Chinese host serving as a moderator, followed by comments from two Taiwanese political pundits.

MAC Deputy Minister and Spokesman Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said the agency has been keeping a close watch on Chinese reporters based in Taiwan and maintains close contact with the Ministry of Culture to deal with Chinese journalists in accordance with Taiwan's laws and regulations if they are involved in any violations.

Taiwan opened its doors to Chinese reporters in 2000 based on the policy of promoting journalist exchanges across the Taiwan Strait, allowing them to cover local news.

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