Thu, Jun 07, 2007 - Page 8 News List


By Cao Changqing 曹長青

Monday was the 18th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Eighteen years is a long time, but the countless people who witnessed it on the television can still clearly imagine those bloody scenes.

Yet in China, many people don't believe there was a massacre on June 4, 1989, and a lot of young people have no idea that anything occurred at Beijing's Tiananmen Square on that date.

Chinese studying abroad have written that it was only when they went overseas that they learned there had been a massacre.

It is hard to believe when we hear it, but this is the result of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) monopolizing the media, destroying evidence and fabricating history.

The Chinese government has been able to obliterate an incident that happened before people's eyes.

In this respect, the CCP and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) are like brothers.

In Taiwan's 228 Incident, the KMT government also used the military to massacre civilians, later destroyed evidence and monopolized the media to change history.

Not long ago, SET-TV aired a special program about the 228 Incident.

The program's use of footage from a Shanghai massacre by the KMT caused a lot of debate, but SET-TV used the material because they had no footage of the actual incident.

It has been reported that there are only three photographs of the 228 massacre in existence.

Pictures and documentaries about World War II are widely available because by that time photography and filming were widespread.

It is odd that of the 228 Incident, which happened after World War II, hardly a photograph can be found, let alone documentaries.

Common sense

Common sense tells us that if little record of the 228 Incident can be found, the KMT must have destroyed all evidence of it.

In the more than half a century that has followed, the KMT acted just like the CCP after the Tiananmen Square Massacre: It fabricated history in order to prevent Taiwanese from knowing what really happened.

A few months ago, the KMT got together to demonstrate, dress someone up as Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) and sang Chiang's praises.

They don't see him as the culprit responsible for the 228 Incident at all.

Although the KMT has not been the ruling party for years and can't rule like autocrats anymore, its reliance on the use of party power to suppress dissenting voices and its attempts to influence the media have not changed.

Underground radio

A week ago, Ocean Voice Radio, which is devoted to Taiwan's normalization, was closed by the National Communications Commission (NCC) because it was an underground radio station.

Ocean Voice Radio responded by saying it had not intended to broadcast illegally and had applied for a license several times, only to be refused.

According to an estimate by the Broadcasting Development Fund, six radio stations in Taiwan are controlled by the KMT's Broadcasting Corporation of China and four other stations are also predominantly controlled by the pan-blue camp.

The so-called "underground radio stations" have actually been created by the unfair system by which the pan-blue camp monopolizes radio channels.

The NCC also applies a double standard when dealing with underground radio stations.

The Broadcasting Development Fund has said that the NCC is not closing down a pan-blue radio station like Voice of the New Party, even though it is located right in Taipei, while traveling all the way to Taichung just to close down Ocean Voice Radio.

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