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Journalist loses job for anti-Chen outburst

Ding Wan-ming, a reporter from United Daily News leaves a conference when he asks President Chen Shui-bian step down during the awarding ceremony of 2...

Ding Wan-ming, a reporter from United Daily News leaves a conference when he asks President Chen Shui-bian step down during the awarding ceremony of 2...

A reporter with the Chinese-language United Daily News was removed from his post yesterday after he shouted at President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), demanding he step down from the presidency while covering an award presentation ceremony in Taipei.
In front of dozens of TV cameras, the reporter, identified as Ting Wan-ming, shouted "President Chen step down!" at the president while waving a placard saying "Depose Chen" after Chen delivered a speech at a ceremony marking the presentation of awards to producers of "products very well made in Taiwan" for the year.
Ting was immediately subdued by three security guards and his poster and folder was also removed and checked. Chen was escorted by other guards as he swiftly left the scene without looking back or saying a word about the melee.
Ting told other reporters later that he was speaking for "more than 60 percent of the Taiwanese people" who think Chen should be removed from office as he has lost the trust and respect of the people.
Ting said he shouted at President Chen on impulse as he wished to remind President Chen what people think about him.
"President Chen does not seem to able to hear what people say about him these days as he is always surrounded by guards wherever he goes," Ting said. "Only on these kind of occasions can we tell him what we think about him and his leadership."
Ting was released after he was questioned by police and officials from the National Security Bureau (國安局).
In response to Ting's outburst, the United Daily News authorities issued a statement later in the day saying that Ting had severely violated the journalism principles and work ethics. As a journalist, the statement said, Ting should know how to separate his personal political affiliation from his job.
The United Daily News respects its staff members' personal political affiliations but also strictly requires all staff to observe journalistic ethics while on duty, the statement said.
The statement said Ting would be removed from his post as a journalist and transferred to another post at the daily.