By: Wu Rui-chi and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) American writer and investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann offered a
quote by English novelist George Orwell before leaving Taiwan on Monday to summarize his controversial week-long visit here.
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear,” Gutmann said while answering reporters’ questions before boarding a flight at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
He further said he would take responsibility for his book and his remarks, referring to the dispute he caused by calling Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) “a liar” at a press conference in Taipei on Oct. 2.
The author of the 2014 book “The Slaughter” accused Ko, a surgeon at National Taiwan University Hospital before being elected Taipei mayor in 2014, of acting as an intermediary for rich Taiwanese seeking to receive organ transplants in China.