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Cédric Alviani, East Asia bureau director of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said china has never ceased to grip its control of media freedom. More than 6 journalists and 900 netizens have been detained in China during the coronavirus pandemic and he said if information had been shared with the international community, COVID-19 would have been contained much earlier. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is a press freedom watchdog based in Paris, France and their first office in Asia is in Taipei. Recently, RSF released a list of 30 “coronavirus information” heroes that save lives. One of them is Wenliang Li, who first alerted the world to the existence of a fast-spreading disease in December 2019. Our guest today is Cédric Alviani, a French national and graduate from Strasbourg University’s journalism center, currently serves as East Asia Bureau Director for press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Cédric has worked in Asia since 1999, mainly based in Taiwan, and has directed projects at the intersection of diplomacy, culture and media
On May 28, the Chinese central government passed the HK National Security Law which caused international condemnation. Prof.Yen Chen-shen, a researcher and professor of Institute of International Relations at National Cheng Chi University, said many think the passage of the law means the end of One Country Two Systems in Hong Kong but he said Hong Kong is still different from the mainland in a way that Hong Kong still enjoys a limited democracy such as access to the social media and the internet, the prevalence of English in the street signs and government services and so on.
China’s National People’s Congress, the rubber stamp parliament passed the national security law of Hong Kong on May 28. The Chinese central government passed the HK National Security Law to set up the legal framework to prevent and punish subversion, terrorism, separatism and foreign interference. How will it affect the democracy in Hong Kong? Prof.Yen Chen-shen a researcher and professor of Institute of International Relations at National Cheng Chi University shares with us his perspectives.
Prof.Isaac Ben-Israel, a professor of Security Studies Program at Israel’s Tel Aviv University said lockdown is not a total solution but instead the public should be asked to wear masks and practice social distancing. He cited the examples cities and countries that imposed a lockdown at that time such as Italy and New York as well as Israel to countries that lived a normal life such as Taiwan and Korea. His study was published in April, first in Hebrew and then in English worldwide indicating that coronavirus would disappear after 70 days meaning that the decline in number of affections should happen at the end of June. To find out more, we are joined on the phone all the way from Israel by Prof.Isaac Ben-Israel, a professor of Security Studies Program at Israel’s Tel Aviv University and chairman of the National Council for Research and Development under the Ministry of Science.
Taiwan condemned China for passing the Hong Kong Security Act on May 28, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, a semi-government agency in charge of cross-strait relations, said the passage of the law betrays China’s promise that Hong Kong would remain autonomous for 50 years and it shows “one country, two systems” formula doesn’t exist. The US along with major countries such as the UK, Australia, Japan and Canada expressed grave concern. The US threatened to withdraw Hong Kong’s preferential trade and financial status. The UK is exploring the possibility of giving more rights to Hongkongeres who possess a document known as BNO (British National Overseas), which granted Hong Kong residents to register before the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997.Join us today to find out more as we talk to Prof.Edward I-hsin Chen, a distinguished chair professor of political science department at Chinese Culture University.