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Thursday, May 05, 2011

US congressman Rohrabacher's support in question on Taiwan's affairs due to lease denial of NTDTV

STATE POLICY?The pro-Taiwan representative is seeking a full explanation as to why Chunghwa Telecom is refusing to renew satellite services for a ‘pro-democracy’ channel

The statement added that Rohrabacher, chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, held a hearing on April 6 exploring the important role broadcasting plays in the promotion of democratic sentiments in tyrannical regimes, including China.

“This action by Chunghwa Telecom is another step in the long road of free nations disarming themselves in the fight against Chinese communist repression,” Rohrabacher’s letter said.

“NTD broadcasts to China help break the Chinese blockade on free information and have a multiplying effect that add to what Voice of America and the Board of Broadcast Governors do to bring truth to the people of China,” he said. “The Chinese regime spends billions every year on worldwide propaganda efforts while free broadcasting to China is being dramatically reduced.”

NTDTV has said in a statement it has been leasing CHT’s ST-1 satellite to air programs from overseas.Link

More at Taipei Times

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