Taiwan Expels Two Chinese Reporters for Violating Local Regulations

TAIPEI, Taiwan—Two mainland Chinese reporters left Taiwan on July 3 after being expelled by local authorities for violating local regulations governing Chinese journalists working on the island.

Ai Kezhu and Lu Qiang, who are reporters for Chinas state-run Southeast Television, a broadcaster based in Chinas Fujian Province, acted as hosts of political talk shows produced in Taiwan without disclosing such job descriptions when they applied for media credentials, according to Taiwans Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), which is the islands top government agency in dealing with cross-strait affairs.

Taiwans Ministry of Culture (MOC), which is tasked with issuing and revoking press credentials to Chinese reporters, said Ai and Lu should have reported to the ministry any change to their duties in Taiwan. MOC said the two reporters media credentials also expired on June 30 and July 2.

They first arrived in Taiwan in December 2019, according to local media.

The MAC didnt say whether the content of the two reporters talk shows also figured into the expulsion from Taiwan.

While their talk show programs cant be seen on Taiwans cable networks, Southeast Television has uploaded the political talk shows to its YouTube channel. In one recent episode of the talk show hosted by Ai, a Taiwanese pundit criticized the newly established Taiwanese government agency, the Taiwan-Hong Kong Services and Exchange Office, as having only “symbolic” value.

The Taiwanese pundit also said that if the Taiwanese government was “very proactive” in supporting the people of Hong Kong, the people in Taiwan “would find it unacceptable.”

The Taiwan-Hong Kong Services and Exchange Office went into operation on July 1, to help Hongkongers fleeing political persecution to study, work, or invest in Taiwan.

Since mass pro-democracy protests erupted in Hong Kong last year, thousands of protesters have been arrested. Many fled to neighboring Taiwan, where there is immense public support for the movement. The Taiwan Association for Human Rights said that more than 200 Hong Kong protesters have fled to Taiwan since June last year, according to local daily The Liberty Times.

In late May, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen announced that her administration would set up a new office to assist such protesters who have fled to the island.

Soon after, Beijing imposed a national security law for the territory, leading to fears that critics of the Chinese regime would be prosecuted and sentenced.

In response to the expulsion, Taiwans Premier Su Tseng-chang said at a July 4 press conference that “while our press freedom is globally recognized, the government must safeguard the countrys interests and the safety of its citizens. So reporters from any country must obey local regulations.”

Since 2000, Taiwan has allowed mainland Chinese reporters to be stationed on the island. According to local media, after Ai and Lu left, there are currently 22 mainland Chinese reporters stationed in Taiwan from 10 Chinese state-run media, including Xinhua and Peoples Daily.

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