Expression

Article 11 of the Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of speech including press freedom. However, according to civil society groups, Taiwan continues to impose unreasonable restrictions preventing civil servants from publishing statements or commenting online on issues of public concern, even in a private capacity.

The media environment in Taiwan is considered to be one of the most open in the region. It is active, reflects a diversity of views, though many outlets display strong party affiliation in their coverage. However, there are concerns about press freedom, due to significant business interests of media owners in China and advertising from Chinese companies. Journalistic independence has also been threatened by Taiwanese officials who have interfered directly in the editorial policies of state-owned media. The government does not restrict internet access.

Taiwan’s 2005 Freedom of Government Information Law enables public access to information held by government agencies, including financial audit reports and documents, administrative plans, meeting records and so forth.