On the Line is a lively forum where important personages including local and foreign diplomats, policy experts, academics, and government officials, are invited to discuss current events and issues involving Taiwan and the world. On the Line broadcasts worldwide every Sunday (Taiwan Time) and is available on demand.
The Diplomacy Training Program from Australia wins the 2019 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award. The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) established the annual Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award to honor individuals or organizations that have long dedicated to the promotion of democracy in Asia. Patrick Earle, the Executive Director of the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) came to Taiwan in December 2019 to receive the award. The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) is an independent, non-government organization (NGO) providing education in human rights advocacy based in Sydney, Australia. Since 1990, it has trained more than 3,000 human rights defenders from more than 60 countries.
Even though artistic swimming has been an event at the summer Olympics since 1984 that is not the case with the Paralympics. In 2014, the founder of Synchronized Swimming Association of Taiwan, Julia Startch along with other 8 countries worked hard to make it possible for artistic swimmers with disabilities to compete in Paralympics. In 2020 the sport will be presented to Paralympics committee and Synchronized Swimming Association of Taiwan will travel to Tokyo this year with the sponsorship of Da Jung Company and B.Happy Corporation fromTaiwan.
Cédric Alviani, East Asia Director of Reporters without Borders (RSF or Reporters Sans Frontières) takes us to look at the challenges of press freedom in the last couple of years, from a democracy in Australia to government-controlled media in China. He also analyzes the fake news situation in Taiwan circulated largely especially before the elections.
According to France-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF), political interference is rare but journalists in Taiwan suffer from media environment dominated by sensationalism and the pursuit of profit. Taiwan retained 42nd in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index, the second freest country in Asia in terms of media freedom after South Korea which ranked at 41st. Cédric Alviani, East Asia Director of Reporters without Borders (RSF or Reporters Sans Frontières) said journalists in Taiwan can freely distribute the information but they receive economic pressure from major groups that control the media.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen won the re-election as president of Taiwan in January 11th presidential election. She won a landslide victory garnering around 8.17 million votes. Her opponent of the KMT, Han Kuo-yu won about 5.5 million votes. On the part of the legislative elections held on the same day with the presidential election on January 11th, the ruling DPP won 48 of the 73 directly elected seats and 13 at-large seats, having gained 33.9 % of the political party vote. Meanwhile, the major opposition KMT won 25 directly elected seats and 13 at-large seats winning 33.3 % of the party vote.President Tsai Ying-wen of the DPP won 57% of the votes for the president, but for the voting of the political party, it only gained 33.9% of the political party vote and the KMT won 33.3 % of the party vote. What does the figure tell us? Prof.Edward I-hsin Chen, a distinguished chair professor of political science department at Chinese Culture University tells us more.