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Court's cowardice harms rights of all in Taiwan

The Council of Grand Justices displayed a tragic lack of judicial independence and courage Friday by failing to take a clear stand on the validity of the court proceedings which resulted in a conviction and life sentence meted to former president Chen Shui-bian on "corruption" charges by the Taipei District Court last month.

In their role as Taiwan's Constitutional Court, the 15 grand justices issued Interpretation 665 in response to a petition filed in January by the former president's legal defense team on several issues.

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Illusions about Chinese goodwill

While he was in office, president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) published a book entitled The Road to Democracy: Taiwan’s Pursuit of Identity (台灣的主張). It was appropriate and justified for Lee to write about democracy. In it, he laid out his intentions and concerns as a leader, as well as showing his determined character.

The political effect of the book was to give the public a clear view of where the nation was headed, and thus a sense of security. Although many people voiced their opposition to what Lee stood for, they could direct those opinions against concrete positions.

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China's Export of Censorship

The Chinese government’s effort to prevent dissident authors from taking part in the prestigious Frankfurt Book Fair, an international showcase for freedom of expression, has offered Germany a close-up view of China’s intolerance of dissent.

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Little to show for a lot of hype

Despite President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) campaign promises and the policies of his administration, which envision a big cake for everyone to share, the reality is very different. The government’s move to allow Chinese investment in Taiwan is a case in point. In the three months since deregulation, Taiwan has attracted just NT$189 million (US$5.87 million) in Chinese investment.

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Classical Chinese proposal is a bad idea

Minister of Education Wu Ching-chi (吳清基) has proposed changing the maximum proportion of classical Chinese in high school Chinese textbooks from 45 percent to 65 percent. The change will apply from the next academic year. The classical Chinese that Chinese intellectuals Hu Shih (胡適) and Chen Duxiu (陳獨秀) fought against 90 years ago is making a comeback in our high school curriculums.

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The appeal system for detention is not fair

The Supreme Court sent the Taiwan High Court’s judgment to extend former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) detention back to the High Court last week, saying its reasons were inadequate. But the collegiate panel handling the case at the High Court decided to extend Chen’s detention anyway, citing almost exactly the same reasons.

This has again highlighted the nation’s problematic custody system. Can the same collegiate panel be expected to overrule a decision it has made previously? Can the High Court simply ignore the concerns cited by the Supreme Court?

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The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday condemned China for intervening in the selection of films at the upcoming Kaohsiung Film Festival and voiced its support for the screening of a documentary on prominent Uighur independence activist Rebiya Kadeer.

“Film production, as a form of artistic expression, should be protected as part of freedom of expression without political intervention,” the party said in a press release. “The Taiwanese people have every right to freely choose which movies they would like to see without having to gain permission from the Chinese government in advance — and we will not tolerate the intervention of the Chinese government.”