We recently reported that the Financial Times published a story regarding Want Want China Times Group. In that story, the Financial Times wrote how Chinese influence on the media houses in Taiwan is on the rise. The report also mentioned that Chinese officials are in touch with Want Want China Times Group and have a say in what gets published and not.
However, Want Want China Times Group has now decided to file a lawsuit against Financial Times and its Taiwan correspondent Kathrin Hille. Now, Reporters Without Borders group says that this is a pure case of abuse of the law. Reporters Without Borders says that this lawsuit by the Want Want China Times group is an “abusive libel suit”. They also accused the media house of harassing an experienced journalist.
Now, the whole issue rose when Financial Times’ reporter Kathrin wrote how Chinese officials contact the media house on an almost daily basis. She also quoted some reporters saying that Chinese officials have a say in which story needs to be run and censor others.
Want Want China Times Group has media publications such as CTiTV news station, CTV, and the China Times newspaper. However, this is not the first time that these media publications are questioned about being in touch with Chinese officials. Time and again, the National Communications Commission and media experts have questioned the pro-Chinese stance of this media house.
Also, experts have quizzed the media house’s support for Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu who is also believed to be pro-Chinese. People accuse that this has helped Han win the opinion polls which now makes him the candidate for Taiwan Presidential Elections 2020.
While Financial Times are yet to comment on this lawsuit as well as the whole incident, Want Want China Times Group has said that these allegations are malicious which is why they have filed a lawsuit.