Hung con­demns online ‘porn’ at­tack

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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