Taiwan’s ban on books, TV shows ‘the work of the thought police’, co-founder of ruling party says

  • Children’s picture book from Chinese mainland removed from shelves while pro-Beijing cable channel’s licence is not renewed
  • Taiwan’s culture minister says more restrictions are likely, targeting PLA and Communist Party publications

Souh China Morning Post
Date: 3 Jan, 2021
By: Lawrence Chung

A scene from Waiting for Dad to Come Home, a children’s book which has been banned in Taiwan. Photo: Handout

A founding member of Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party has slammed the banning of a children’s book and the silencing of a pro-mainland cable television channel as a return to the island’s authoritarian past.

The picture book, Waiting for Dad to Come Home, was ordered off the shelves on December 2 by the culture ministry, which said this week it was considering censoring other books from the mainland.

Just days after the title was removed, the CTi news channel was also taken off the air when the broadcasting regulator declined to renew its licence.

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