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Reporting on suicide in Taiwan? There’s a new law that dictates the amount of information media can report. And if you break the guidelines, you can be fined up to $33,000, according to the International Business Times.

“Under the new Suicide Prevention Act, newspapers, websites and television stations can be fined up to about $33,000 for showing pictures or videos of suicides,” Voice of America reported. “They also can be fined for reporting details of suicide methods or explaining how to buy tools for suicide. Even explaining why an individual might have committed suicide can lead to punishment.”

According to the Voice of America, “The act cleared its public consultation period last week. Taiwan’s government can now make changes as it wishes or enforce the law in its current form.”

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Reporting on Suicide in Taiwan: New Law Restricts

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