HK Lawmakers Urge Taiwan to Renew NTD's Broadcast Contract

Created: 2013-05-08 14:27 EST

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NTD Asia Pacific has been met with silence when trying to renew its contact with Taiwanese communications company Chunghwa Telecom.  

Now, Hong Kong Alliance and Labour Party Chairman, Lee Cheuk-yan, is voicing his concern that the Taiwanese government is selling out to the Mainland. He thinks that Ma Ying-jeou's government has the power to force Chunghwa Telecom to renew the contract. But he says, Taiwan may be facing pressure not to.
 
[Lee Cheuk-yan, Hong Kong Legislator]:
"Is it possible that the Communist and Nationalist Parties have political relations? I think the Taiwan government should take a look at its own policy, they shouldn't let these things happen in Taiwan, they should protect Taiwan's own freedom of information."
 
Legislator Sin Chung-kai thinks that in recent years Ma Ying-jeou's government has become ever chummier with the Communist regime. He warns that if the two governments become closer, issues like this will continue to happen.
 
[Sin Chung-kai, Hong Kong Legislator]:
"I feel that people in different circles should all be paying attention to this, Taiwanese authorities have adopted a neutral stance on this, permitting the relevant organizations to provide the service, I believe Chunghwa Telecom should listen to global voices, and rigorously give a positive response to calls from NTD and other organizations (to continue the contract)."
 
Chung-Kai supports NTD's broadcast to China, saying it is a much needed source of information there.
 
[Sin Chung-kai, Hong Kong Legislator]:
"NTD is providing its viewpoint to people in the Mainland, allowing them to receive different information."
 
This isn't the first time NTD-AP has faced this problem. NTD had a similar issue back in 2011. It was eventually able to renew its contract with Chunghwa Telecom after several months of negotiations.