KMT questions definition of NCC political party member

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  • By Sherry Hsiao / Journalist

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) said yesterday that membership in its central advisory committee is an honorary position and that the National Communications Commission (NCC) would overextend the law if it viewed committee members as “party workers.” Politics “.

The KMT said on Wednesday it would appoint six new members to the committee, including Broadcasting Corp of China (BCC) chairman Jaw Shaw-kong (趙少康), who earlier this month announced plans to compete in the within the party. presidential primary.

If Jaw accepts the post, the NCC has said it will launch an investigation to determine if it is illegal, with the BCC facing fines of up to NT $ 2 million (US $ 70,597).

The KMT said in a statement yesterday that the NCC would expand the provisions of the Radio and Television Act (廣播 電視 法) prohibiting political parties, the government and the military from holding media stakes.

The NCC would be the one to break the law, the KMT said, accusing the commission of becoming the “political thug” of the Democratic Progressive Party.

Citing Article 3 of the Radio and Television Law Enforcement Rules (廣播 電視 法 施行 細則), the KMT said that even if a person holds a post in a political organization, if the post is of a consultative, she would not be considered a “political party worker”.

According to the KMT charter, being a member of the party’s Central Advisory Committee is an honorary advisory post, the KMT said.

The committee only meets once a year, he said, adding that most of the members are state elders or senior KMT members.

The KMT Central Committee is in charge of the decision-making, he said.

Members of the Central Advisory Committee act only in an advisory capacity and hold no real power, he added.

If the NCC considers the members of the Central Advisory Committee to be “political party workers” and asks Jaw to step down from the leadership of the BCC after becoming a member of the committee, the NCC would not only extend the law too far, but would also intervene. openly in media operations, the KMT said.

The purpose of creating the NCC was to independently oversee media operations, and it should not help the ruling party suppress and interfere with the exercise of an individual’s political rights, he said. declared.

CNA Supplementary Reports

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