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Chen Shui-bian named supreme adviser to Yao’s Taipei mayoral election campaign

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From left, former president Chen Shui-bian, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Pasuya Yao and Ketagalan Institute president Chin Heng-wei walk out of an apartment building in Kaohsiung yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Pasuya Yao (姚文智) yesterday said former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) has agreed to serve as supreme adviser for his Taipei mayoral election campaign.

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NPP to push for referendum on constitutional changes

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From left, New Power Party (NPP) Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang, and NPP legislators Hsu Yung-ming and Freddy Lim hold a news conference yesterday at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei to call on the government to combat fake news.
Photo: CNA

The New Power Party (NPP) yesterday said it would push for amendments to the Referendum Act (公民投票法) to allow the public to vote on changing the Constitution and national territory, which it said are “the most important issues the public should be able to decide in a direct democracy.”

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China using fake news to divide Taiwan

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Premier William Lai tells a forum of prosecutors in Taipei on Aug. 13 to stay vigilant about fake news.
Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times

The Chinese government is using online content farms to create fake news to manipulate Taiwanese public opinion and polarize society, the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau said, citing a bureau analysis of several online articles that have stirred controversy in Taiwan.

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Al-Jazeera reporter ‘infiltrates’ CPA

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Concentric Patriotism Association head Zhou Qinjun presses the bell at the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office on March 10, 2015.
Photo: Chen Wei-tse, Taipei Times

A 25-minute investigative documentary aired by Qatar-based al-Jazeera TV has shed some light on how pro-unification groups operate in Taiwan, including by reportedly paying people to attend events and asking the police for the names of independence advocates.

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NPP pans officials’ timid China ID cure

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From left, New Power Party legislators Hsu Yung-ming, Kawlo Iyun Pacidal and Huang Kuo-chang hold a news conference at their party caucus office in Taipei yesterday, calling for countermeasures to China’s issuance of residency cards to Taiwanese people, along with people from Hong Kong and Macau.
Photo: CNA

The New Power Party (NPP) yesterday slammed the Mainland Affairs Council for its “near incompetence” regarding China’s new measure to issue residency cards to Taiwanese and called for more concrete countermeasures from the Taiwanese government.

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Group demands NTU head’s dismissal

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National Taiwan University (NTU) veterinary expert Lai Shiow-suey, right, speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday, as colleagues, including NTU professor emeritus Ho De-fen, fourth left, listen.
Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

A group of National Taiwan University (NTU) professors, alumni and their supporters yesterday urged the Ministry of Education to fire NTU acting president Kuo Tei-wei (郭大維) after he refused to hold a new presidential election.

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Museum honors freedom advocate based in Japan

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A bust of Ong Iok-tek is yesterday pictured at a Tainan memorial hall commemorating his life, work and dedication to the Taiwanese independence movement and the study of the Hoklo language (also known as Taiwanese).
Photo: Liu Wan-chun, Taipei Times

A museum dedicated to independence activist Ong Iok-tek (王育德) yesterday opened at his former residence in Tainan, where he lived with his elder brother Ong Iok-lim (王育霖).

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Newsflash

Taiwan’s media organizations’ failure to provide sufficient high-quality international news could be a result of their lack of vision, as news outlets focus only on trivial and sensational stories to attract high ratings, media insiders said.

“There is demand for serious global news coverage in Taiwan, but the media do not want to make the investment,” said Feng Chien-san (馮建三), a journalism professor at National Chengchi University.