Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: Malicious defamation not protected: deputy minister

Taiwan guarantees freedom of speech, but law enforcement agencies have to act when people maliciously and knowingly spread rumors or false information, causing harm or defaming others, Deputy Minister of Justice Chen Ming-tang (陳明堂) said yesterday.

“The government is fully committed to protecting freedom of speech, but people cannot abuse such freedoms to spread rumors and cause social disturbance,” Chen told a rare Sunday media briefing in Taipei.

The public was owed an explanation after recent rumors and unsubstantiated news reports claimed that police and judicial investigators had targeted three people for questioning and investigation because of their political affiliation, he said.

“The Criminal Investigation Bureau and prosecutors carried out the investigation because litigation or judicial complaints had been filed in all three cases,” Chen said.

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