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The Influence of Media Reports on Fair Trials in Taiwan


139 MacDougal Street, Wilf Hall
5th Floor, Room 512
New York, NY, 10012



In 2017, Taiwan was ranked first in Asia on the World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders. At the same time, only 32.8% of Taiwanese have faith in the legal system according to Global Views Research. In its defense, the Taiwanese government claims that public press release not only hampers the ability to solve criminal cases but also influences the public opinion. In this presentation, Visiting Scholar Yihsien Wu will talk about the status of media in Taiwan, the application of Principle of Secret Investigation and what could be learned from the United States in this area.  


About Yihsien Wu


Yishien Wu graduated from National Chung Cheng University in 2004, and has been a Taiwanese prosecutor for seven years, specializing in criminal law and criminal procedure. She initially worked in investigations, primarily in domestic and child abuse, disaster fraud, and environmental crimes. Later, she transferred to the Public Prosecutor Department. There, she was responsible for high profile cases, such as those dealing with political corruption, corruption within the judicial system itself, and insider trading. At the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, she will focus on the relationship between the media and judicial systems, particularly researching the correlation between freedom of the press and the principle of secret investigation and how this correlation may or may not affect trial outcomes in the U.S. 

Earlier Event: March 28
Asia Law Weekly: Alison W. Conner