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Bill to declassify political files finalized

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Documents related to the 228 Incident are pictured in an undated photograph posted by President Tsai Ing-wen on Facebook on Feb. 25 last year.
Photo: Screengrab from President Tsai Ing-wen’s Facebook page

The Executive Yuan yesterday finalized a draft political archives act to declassify political files held by government agencies, political parties and affiliates that have been classified for at least 30 years.

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Ma found guilty of leaking information

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Taiwan High Court spokeswoman Wu Wei-ya yesterday explains the court’s decision to convict former president Ma Ying-jeou for leaking classified information, overturning the Taipei District Court’s not guilty verdict.
Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

The Taiwan High Court yesterday found former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) guilty of leaking classified information obtained from Special Investigation Division (SID) wiretaps of two top lawmakers in 2013.

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NTU student group seeks school reform

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Criticizing National Taiwan University for failing to resolve the controversy over its president-elect Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔), the National Taiwan University Student Association yesterday said it would propose a motion to review the school’s regulations at next month’s council meeting.

The Ministry of Education on April 27 said that Kuan was unqualified for the post because he had violated regulations by illegally serving as an independent director and a member of the salary and auditing committees at Taiwan Mobile, and that his election had been flawed due to a conflict of interest in the process.

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First Taiwan-US defense forum held

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Representatives of Taiwanese and US defense businesses attend the Taiwan-US Defense Business Forum in Kaohsiung yesterday.
Photo: Chang Chung-yi, Taipei Times

The inaugural Taiwan-US Defense Business Forum was held yesterday in Kaohsiung to facilitate bilateral defense industry cooperation and ease Taiwan’s entry into the global defense supply chain.

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US reactivating its Atlantic 2nd Fleet to counter Russia

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Chief of US Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson testifies before the US Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington on Sept.19 last year.
Photo: AFP

A top US Navy admiral has announced the re-establishment of the US 2nd Fleet — a Cold War command disbanded in 2011 — to patrol the North Atlantic and face a resurgent threat from Russia.

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FTV blames Terry Gou for cable TV row

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A screen grab from cable TV provider Taiwan Broadband Communications yesterday shows no signal from the Formosa News channel with an announcement that it has temporarily been unable to obtain broadcast authorization from the channel.
Photo: CNA

Formosa TV (FTV, 民視) has accused Hon Hai Group (鴻海集團) chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) of politically motivated censorship of the media after Taiwan Broadband Communications (TBC, 台灣寬頻通訊) cut access to FTV-owned channels yesterday morning.

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Association, groups rally support for a jury system

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Members of the Taiwan Jury Association and groups advocating Taiwanese independence yesterday demonstrated outside the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) headquarters in Taipei to demand that the government implement a jury system.

Protest leaders said they want a “true jury system,” not the “citizen judge” system favored by the Judicial Yuan.

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Newsflash

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) could pressure Taiwan more aggressively and seek to terminate the country’s de facto independence at a faster pace after its transfer of power at the 18th National Congress scheduled next month, Chinese dissident writer Yuan Hongbing (袁紅冰) said yesterday in Taipei.

“After those Chinese officials who served among the radical Red Guards formed by former Chinese leader Mao Zedong (毛澤東) during the Cultural Revolution in 1966 rise to political power at the national congress, they may carry through Mao’s political volition and adopt a more aggressive approach toward Taiwan,” Yuan said at a symposium, titled “A Peek into the Future Democratic Development via China’s Current State” hosted by the Taiwan Tibetan Welfare Association.