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Control Yuan issues reprimand over press freedom infringement

2017/09/13 23:21:22

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Taipei, Sept. 13 (CNA) The Control Yuan on Wednesday issued a reprimand to the Ministry of Justice, saying some officials have been abusing their power and infringing on press freedom by investigating members of the press.

According to the Control Yuan, its investigations have revealed that some ministry officials have been using lie detectors and accessing journalists' phone records to investigate members of the media.

In its statement, the Control Yuan instructed the Ministry of Justice to address the problem.

In response, the Agency Against Corruption under the Ministry of Justice, issued a statement defending agency officials' intent on executing their official duties without the backup of a clear law.

The agency said it will draft a law to define its duties and how its officials should carry them out independently while also being able to protect human rights.

Li Ching-kuei (李清貴), president of the Association of Taiwan Journalists, told CNA that officials only have administrative investigative rights and should not abuse their power by infringing on press freedom or accessing journalists phone records.

Li said journalists have the right to press freedom and also to protect their sources.

He also said journalists also have the right to legal recourse if officials overstep their power by investigating journalists.

(By Chiang Pei-ling and William Yen)