Hung condemns online ‘porn’ attack
Kuomintang presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chiu yesterday condemned an online smear campaign posting pornography with doctored pictures featuring her face.
“It’s unbelievable that the election campaign has become like this, resorting to such base and contemptible moves,” Hung said referring to the posting of the pictures, while campaigning in Yilan.
Describing the doctored pictures as extremely insulting, Hung urged her competitors to rein in their supporters.
She did not name any specific rivals in her condemnation, but said she has decided to take legal action to find out who is behind the smearing.
According to Hung’s campaign office, pictures placing the ruling party candidate’s face on women’s bodies in acts of pornography have appeared on certain hijacked Facebook accounts since June 10.
Hung’s office said it notified police on June 29 and filed a further complaint with prosecutors on July 17.
Hung’s office called on Tsai Ingwen, the frontrunner in the presidential race, to control her supporters, although it stopped short of directly accusing the Democratic Progressive Party campaign of being behind the smearing.
A spokesperson for Hung’s campaign office, Chui Mei-lan, said the posting of the pictures on social networking sites is intolerable.
Hung’s attorney, Huang Shihyang, said the posting of the pictures has exceeded the limits of freedom of speech, and it constitutes a crimi- nal act of libel, or even a violation of the election law by spreading rumors to prevent a candidate from winning.
Another spokesperson of Hung’s, Hsu Chiao-hsin, described the KMT candidate as being “very upset” by the pictures. Hung cannot accept such despicable attacks on her character, Hsu said.
“Tsai Ing-wen, who is also a woman, must control her supporters, and join (us) in stopping such low-class electioneering,” said Hsu.
Asked to comment on the DPP’s accusation that the KMT was organizing a host of netizens in a campaign against Tsai, Hsu said the ruling party has never launched any online attacks.
A KMT spokesperson, Lin Yihua, also dismissed the DPP’s claims about planning an online attack against the DPP candidate.
Lin said Taiwan is a free society that allows different opinions, and the DPP must not take any criticisms against Tsai as part of a concerted campaign. “Can’t the DPP accept criticism?” asked Lin.