Staff writer, with CNAAn online petition to amend the Criminal Code to ban the Chinese national flag was yesterday rejected by the Ministry of Justice, which said it would infringe on people’s freedom of speech. The petition, proposed on the National Development Council’s Public Policy Network Participation Platform, seeks to prevent secessionist activities and incitation of aggression by banning the public display of the Chinese flag. The petition has gathered more than 5,000 signatures, requiring the Ministry of Justice to formally issue a response. If hanging the Chinese flag were deemed an act of secession that could draw criminal punishment, it would be an obvious breach of the Constitution, which protects freedom of speech, the ministry said. The ministry said it would not accept the petition and has no plans to take further action.
Source: Taipei Times January 03, 2018 15:56 UTC