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Reporters refuse bail

Reporters refuse bail

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The three reporters arrested during an occupation of the Ministry of Education refused bail Friday afternoon to show they were not guilty of any crime, and were later released without bail, reports said.
A total of 33 people were detained by police as they had entered the ministry building and even occupied Minister Wu Se-hwa’s office for about half an hour. The arrest of three journalists covering the event provoked accusations that police had exceeded their authority and harmed freedom of the press.
The three reporters were to be freed on bail of NT$10,000 (US$318) each, but they refused because they said they were not guilty of any violations, reports said Friday afternoon.
Later Friday evening, Taipei prosecutors agreed not to set bail, though the three were released on the condition that they did not move house, reports said.
Nineteen others who had faced questioning by prosecutors were released for NT$30,000 (US$955) each, including six students and 13 civilians. The remaining 11 arrested had their bail set at NT$20,000 (US$636) per person, reports said.
The arrest of the three reporters had drawn strong condemnation from associations of journalists and from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, which supports the protests. The three included a reporter for the Chinese-language Liberty Times, one employed by a website and an independent journalist.
The students have been protesting for some time against what they see as stealthily adopted changes in high-school curriculum guidelines which they say favor a rather China-centric view of Taiwan’s history.
The protesters stayed outside the Ministry of Education from Wednesday evening until Thursday morning but showed up again on Thursday evening after they said an attempt at dialogue with ministry officials failed.


Updated : 2021-09-25 11:47 GMT+08:00