Fri, Nov 09, 2001 - Page 12 News List

Democratizing Taiwan's media

By Chen Ping-hung 陳炳宏

I believe, however, that their only hope is for all the forces attempting to influence the media do so in open competition. This will achieve the goal of public monitoring instead of the present situation where the public always has to worry about whose dirty hands are controlling the media.

If democratization of the media is an ideal, then shouldn't everyone be thinking about it? I don't know how difficult it will be for the DPP if Chen doesn't immediately implement his mass-media white paper, and if power changes hands in the future. Will they once again mobilize people to besiege TV stations, or encourage them to stop subscribing to newspapers?

Chen Ping-hung is an associate professor in the Graduate Insti-tute of Mass Communication at National Taiwan Normal University.

Translated by Perry Svensson

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