Mon, Aug 08, 2005 - Page 8 News List

No more news fabrication

By James Chen

I read Jacques van Wersch's letter ("Stay tuned for TV changes," Aug. 4, page 8) with some bemusement, especially when he casts the revocation of ETTV-S's license as a "media freedom issue" and that "taking to the streets" would be justified. Please, spare us your righteous indignation. ETTV-S is the same station where one of its flagship programs was Taipei City Councillor Mike Wang's (王育誠) tabloid drivel, recently forced off the air because of its fabrication of news.

The Government Information Office should be applauded for its determination and resolve in its efforts to clear the sensationalistic garbage off of Taiwan's cable TV offerings. While I was in Taiwan, disgust with the TV news media was universal amongst everyone I knew regardless of political affiliation.

The GIO is merely translating the public's antipathy into concrete action, and legislators threatening to cut the GIO's budget or protesters from cable TV stations would do well to be aware of this.

James Chen

New York

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