Human Rights Action Center founder Jack Healey calls upon Tsai Ing-wen to drop criminal defamation charges against Taiwanese newsman Dennis Peng


Jack Healey, founder of the Human Rights Action Center, urges Republic of China in-exile President Tsai Ing-wen to drop her criminal defamation charges against Taiwanese newsman Dennis Peng. (credit: Human Rights Association)

Jack Healey, founder of the Human Rights Action Center, following his retirement as director of Amnesty International, wants Republic of China in-exile President Tsai Ing-wen to drop her criminal defamation charges against Taiwanese newsman Dennis Peng. Tsai complained to ROC prosecutors about Peng’s newscasts about her controversial 1983 PhD thesis Unfair Trade Practices and Safeguard Actions.

President Tsai attracted Peng’s scrutiny in June 2019 when she submitted her tardy thesis to the London School of Economics Library, thirty-five years late. The copy Tsai turned in appears to be a draft document with pagination problems, footnote issues, and handwritten notations including a question mark. Tsai keeps the controversy over her PhD degree alive by refusing to release the oral examination viva report which presumably approved the thesis.

Dennis Peng has been unrelenting in reporting on the allegation of academic fraud by President Tsai. The controversy has fueled several pending Freedom of Information lawsuits in the United Kingdom in an effort to learn who approved the tardy thesis. Jack Healey is now following the story and posted a summary on his Facebook page.

“Professor Peng was the most popular political TV show host from 2009 to 2019 in Taiwan and in 2012 he read my blog regarding Chen Shui-bian’s human rights on national TV, which brought a national awareness to our rescue mission….His criticisms of the present Tsai government should not land him in trouble and some political very hot water.”

“In 2009, Dr. Peng started his first political talk show to expose the corruptions and pro-China policies of the Ma administration of Koumintang (KMT). His courageous voice helped Democratic Progress Party to gain power in 2016 when President Tsai won her first term.”

“In 2019, there was an allegation that the Ph.D. degree of President Tsai Ing-wen was fake, commonly known as the Thesisgate. Professor Peng provided his web show as a platform for the whistle blowers to release their findings. President Tsai filed a defamation lawsuit against Professor Peng. President Tsai then sealed all her personal records and promotion reviews related to her academic career as the highest classified documents until 2049.”

“On November 19, 2021, Dr. Peng left Taiwan to visit his children in the US. The Taipei Court issued a 13-year arrest warrant against Dr. Peng, rendering him a wanted fugitive and in exile. Professor Peng now faces up to five years of imprisonment.”

Peng’s freedom of speech battle with President Tsai recently netted him a new monetary Canadian human rights award called the Justice Star Award. Peng’s prize of $10,000 CD will help him pay for his life of self-exile in California where he continues to broadcast his popular True Voice of Taiwan news program. President Tsai’s exiled Chinese government is not recognized as sovereign by the United States so there is no extradition treaty to enforce the arrest warrant against Peng.

Author: richardsonreports

Author of FRAMED: J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO & the Omaha Two Story.

One thought on “Human Rights Action Center founder Jack Healey calls upon Tsai Ing-wen to drop criminal defamation charges against Taiwanese newsman Dennis Peng”

  1. I respect the courage and time wasting efforts of Dennis Peng trying to defame the academic achievement of President Tsai of republic of China (Taiwan). Dennis is spending his valuable time not to pursue his own career but trying to defame other person for his own political ambition or just trying to compensate his own personal failure and work dissatisfaction. I hope he can realize that his effort is time wasting and will damage his own future advancement.

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