7 December 2007


Car driven into group of journalists, three hurt

Incident details

Wang Rei-Zhang

This is available in:

English Français
(RSF/IFEX) - A motorist drove into a group of journalists outside the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial in Taipei on 6 December 2007, knocking down EETV News cameraman Wang Rei-Zhang and slightly injuring two others. Wang was hospitalised in a critical condition. Hundreds of demonstrators, journalists and policemen had gathered outside the building, whose name is being changed to the Democracy Memorial.

"We don't know why he drove into us," said Taiwan FTV cameraman Wang Chian-chiang, who was not hurt. "I think it was intentional, which surprises me as it's the first time this has happened." The ruling Democratic Progressive Party wants to eliminate references to Chiang Kai-shek while the Nationalist Party, which the former strongman founded, is opposed.


Reporters Without Borders
47, rue Vivienne
75002 Paris
rsf (@) rsf.org
Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
More from Taiwan
  • Freedom of the Press 2017: Taiwan

    In December [2016], former president Ma Ying-jeou won a defamation suit against a media personality who had accused of accepting secret political donations, though the court ordered a smaller compensation payment than Ma had requested.

  • Freedom of the Press 2016: Taiwan

    A proposal by the Taipei police department to establish designated “press zones” at illegal demonstrations was abandoned after media workers sharply criticized it. A separate proposal by Taipei’s mayor that journalists wear identifying vests while covering demonstrations was also abandoned, following pushback by media workers.

  • Freedom of the Press 2015: Taiwan

    Ranked 48th in annual global media freedom report

More from Asia & Pacific


  • The Campaign for Justice: Press Freedom in South Asia 2013-14

    Journalism in South Asia is far from an easy profession, as the 12th annual review of journalism in the region "The Campaign for Justice: Press Freedom in South Asia 2013-14" portrays. But this year's report also tells the story of the courage of South Asia's journalists to defend press freedom and to ensure citizens' right to information and freedom of expression in the face of increasing challenges to the profession and personal safety.

  • THE STORIES WOMEN JOURNALISTS TELL: Women in Media in South Asia

    The report is the first created by the South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN) looking specifically at the experience of women journalists in the South Asia sub-region