Taiwan to impose stricter visa scrutiny on HK, Macau reporters

20-Apr-2019 Intellasia | Taiwan News | 6:38 AM Print This Post

At least six HK journalists on tourist visas found to be engaging in media work in Taiwan

Reporters working for certain media outlets in Hong Kong and Macau will be subject to tougher visa scrutiny amidst reports that a number of HK tourists have been engaging in illegal media activities in Taiwan, according to the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) deputy minister Chiu Chui-cheng on Thursday (April 18)

Liberty Times reported that an investigation conducted by the National Security Bureau found that six individuals who visited Taiwan in January were allegedly engaged in media work. The individuals, identified as reporters from pro-Beijing HK-based newspapers Ta Kung Pao and Wen Weii Po, appeared to be taking advantage of relaxed immigration regulations to gain entry to the country.

Those granted entry to Taiwan on tourism visas but who pursue illicit activities will be placed on a five-year watch list, according to regulations governing visitors from China. Chiu cited the recent deportation of Chinese academic Li Yi, who tried to deliver a propaganda address in Taiwan advocating “forceful annexation,” wrote Central News Agency.

Despite being a free and democratic country, Taiwan does not condone unbridled freedom of speech, Chiu said. This was in response to reports that the New Party invited Li Yi to give a speech via video link on April 20.

According to the 2019 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders (RWB) on April 17, Hong Kong has seen its press freedom further eroded by Beijing’s “baleful influence.” Several media outlets in the territory, including newspapers Tao Kung Pao and Wen Wei Po, are “partly or entirely” controlled by the Chinese Communist Party’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, RWB reckoned.



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