Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) Secretary-General Chang Jer-yang (張哲揚) yesterday filed a lawsuit over an online article claiming that China Central Television (CCTV) is backing the party in Saturday’s legislative elections.
The person posted an article titled “CCTV wants Taiwanese to vote for the TPP” on Professional Technology Temple — the nation’s biggest online academic bulletin board system — which included a link to a CCTV video clip and a comment that the Chinese Communist Party supports the TPP and its chairman, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲).
“We strongly condemn this type of false claim intended to influence the elections, so we are filing a complaint to clear the facts,” Chang said.
The TPP on Tuesday evening said in a statement that the CCTV news clip did not clearly express support for the party and was only analyzing the upcoming elections.
Political pundit Wang Hao (汪浩) and others have used it to claim that the TPP is a “red” party by giving it a misleading title to cause confusion, which is a significant threat to freedom and democracy, it said.
The party said it deeply regrets that the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister newspaper of the Taipei Times) cited a remark by Wang without fact-checking.
It also said that a remark by academic Lai Yueh-chien (賴岳謙), who is responsible for the online edition of the Chinese-language China Times, that Ko supports Han was “a personal guess” and does not represent Ko’s or the TPP’s stance.