|Mainland lifts restriction on Taiwan journalists for Olympics（通讯员稿）
[ 2007-01-09 09:24 ]
Weiyi, spokesman of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.
The Chinese mainland issued a set of regulations on Wednesday, lifting
restrictions on the activities of Taiwan journalists in the run-up to and during
the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
The regulations, issued by the Taiwan
Affairs Office of the State Council, will come into force on Jan. 1, 2007, and
expire on Oct. 17, 2008.
Similar regulations have already been issued for
foreign journalists reporting on the 2008 Olympics.
Under the new
regulations, Taiwan journalists who hold valid Olympic accreditation cards and
passes are entitled to multiple entries.
Taiwan journalists are no longer
required to apply to provincial authorities for permission to report in areas
under their jurisdiction, but need only obtain prior consent of the
organizations or individuals they want to interview.
The new regulations
have simplified the customs procedures for reporting equipment brought by Taiwan
journalists into the mainland by canceling the requirement of an guarantee
letter provided by the All-China Journalists Association or local Taiwan affairs
The regulations said that Taiwan journalists may also, through
relevant service organizations, hire mainland citizens to assist them in their
Taiwan journalists are also allowed, on a temporary
basis, to bring in, install and use radio communication equipment after
completing the required application and approval procedures, the regulations
Li Weiyi, spokesman of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State
Council said the new regulations were "in line with the common practice of the
Olympic Games and would offer more convenience to Taiwan
"Our attitude towards cross-Straits exchanges are open and
positive," Li told a press briefing.
Meanwhile, the official also urged
Taiwan authorities to lift a ban that forbids two leading mainland news
organizations, People's Daily and Xinhua News Agency, to station reporters in