Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen said on Saturday a recent Reuters report confirmed growing concerns over Chinese attempts to influence press coverage on the island. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen warns citizens to be on guard against China-backed media ‘infiltration’, citing Reuters report

  • Reuters cited evidence that Chinese authorities had paid at least five Taiwan media groups for coverage to sway popular sentiment
  • The commissioning of such items by China is potentially explosive as 2020 presidential election approaches
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Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen said on Saturday a recent Reuters report confirmed growing concerns over Chinese attempts to influence press coverage on the island. Photo: Reuters
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Protesters hold placards saying “reject red media” and “safeguard the nation’s democracy” during a rally against pro-China media in Taipei last month. Photo: AFP

Taiwan gets tough over fake news blamed on Beijing ‘disrupting its democracy’

  • Over 100 prosecuted and tougher penalties planned after false stories such as claim Taiwanese government funded Hong Kong protests
  • Justice ministry investigating whether mainland is funding preferred candidates for January’s elections or giving orders to media outlets
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Protesters hold placards saying “reject red media” and “safeguard the nation’s democracy” during a rally against pro-China media in Taipei last month. Photo: AFP
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