It would be a big loss to China if Beijing were to block the broadcast of the Golden Horse Film Festival awards, Taiwan’s Minister of Culture Lung Ying-tai said.
She said it is not Taiwan’s wish to see the mainland turn the clock back by doing so while it is trying to keep pace with the practices of the international community.
Her words came after rumors that Beijing has asked radio and television stations not to broadcast the awards ceremony on November 22 because of a Taiwanese movie that praises Japanese culture.
The movie Kano is about a Taiwanese baseball team formed by high school students who went on to compete in Japan. Most of the dialogue in the film is in Japanese.
Kano is up for six Golden Horse awards, Taiwan’s equivalent of the Oscars, and will compete against foreign productions for the top prize of best picture.
A Weibo post on Sunday shows a notice from Hainan provincial authorities asking local media not to publish any report about Kano. Furthermore, no media is allowed to air the film awards through video or text.
The notice cited an order from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.
According to Ming Pao, a senior executive of a Guangdong TV station this week reminded reporters not to report on the event which is deemed to involve sensitive issues.
The festival committee said no broadcasting right has been sold to any mainland media.
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