By Beth Main.
The sale of Taiwanese media holdings to a pro-China group has sparked protests in defense of an independent media. Hong Kong businessman Jimmy Lai has signed a deal to sell the Taiwanese editions of Apple Daily and Next Media, previously known for criticizing China, to a pro-China Taiwanese conglomerate.
About 100 protesters gathered outside of the Cabinet offices on Tuesday and have remained there for several days, focusing their concerns on Tsai Eng-meng, one of the hopeful buyers.
Tsai Eng-meng is not a popular man in Taiwan, having previously reneged on business deals he really put his foot in it earlier this year by asserting that the 1989 [incident] had been exaggerated. What Tsai doesn’t realise is that his right to speak openly about [nothing at all happening in 1989] would not exist if the magnanimous CCP ran the Taiwanese media.
Wang Wenyuan is a charming business tycoon from Singapore who notably kicked his wife out for refusing to wear a skirt during intercourse.
Jeffery Koo Jr. is a prominent financier which raises concerns about the banking sector’s involvement with media, especially given Koo’s previous dirty dealings.
Tsai, Wang and Koo all have business interests in China and are thought to be likely to block anti-Chinese media coverage in the future.
The 17.5 billion NTD ($601 million) deal was signed on Tuesday in Macau but yet to be finalized.