TAIPEI (The China Post) — Want Want China Times Media Group (旺旺中時集團) requested on July 20 a meeting with the Financial Times to “solve the problem as soon as possible” regarding a recent article accusing the Want Want-owned media outlets of taking orders from Chinese authorities.
The media group already threatened to file defamation lawsuits against the London-based Financial Times (FT) and all media companies that have cited the Financial Times report, titled “Taiwan primaries highlight fears over Chinas political influence,” published on July 17.
Financial Times reporter Kathrin Hille alleged that Want Want-owned media outlets the China Times and CtiTV (中天電視) take orders on a daily basis from China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) on how to prepare their news.
In a letter to the Financial Times sent on July 20, Jason C. Hu, vice chairman, Want Want Group, denounced the news story for containing “a lot of information about our media group which are incorrect and produces tremendous damage to us.”
“We were never interviewed about this report and, after the publication, we have tried for days to contact the writer with no success,” Hu wrote.
“We have no choice but to take the issue to court. However, we still welcome a chance to exchange views. If you so agree, we would even send someone to London for the meeting, hopefully with both the paper and the writer,” he added. ●