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In a closely watched case, a Taiwanese court today dismissed an industrial conglomerate's defamation suit against an academic whose research suggested that elevated cancer rates in central Taiwan were caused by emissions from the conglomerate's chemical plants.
Despite the favorable ruling, "the case has already had a chilling effect on Taiwan's academic community," claims Severia Lu, an attorney at the Taipei-based Wild at Heart Legal Defense Association, who with others represented the defendant.
The trouble started in December 2010 when Ben-Jei Tsuang, an environmental engineer at Taiwan's National Chung Hsing University in Taichung, started presenting findings at scientific meetings and to government agencies showing elevated cancer rates in Mailiao, in central Taiwan, and linked them to emissions from an industrial complex with plants owned by several companies belonging to the Formosa Plastics Group (FPG). According to Tsuang’s legal team, the complex—encompassing everything from power generation to the manufacture of chemicals, plastics, and synthetic fibers—has 387 chimneys and flues. In April 2012, two FPG companies—Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corporation and Mailiao Power Corporation—sued Tsuang in Taipei District Court for defamation, seeking $1.3 million in damages and a statement of apology to be carried in four major newspapers.
這件事情始於2010年12月中興大學環工教授莊秉潔陸續在學術研討會以及對政府部門發表其科學研究結果，指出中台灣的麥寮地區罹癌率提高，與台塑集團的的工廠排放有關。莊秉潔的律師團指出：台塑集團旗下的工廠：從發電廠到化工、塑膠以及合成纖維的製造工廠，共有高達387根煙囪。2012年四月，台塑其團旗下的兩家公司：台塑化纖以及麥寮電廠，向台北地方法院對莊秉潔提起誹謗訴訟，求償名譽損害130萬美元，並要求在四大報登報道歉。Read on →