People are being forced to step up and fight to save the nation against a media monopoly, the so-called “media monster” that could significantly jeopardize Taiwan’s precious democracy and freedom of speech.
Students at universities like National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and Kun Shan University (KSU) are urging students at universities in southern Taiwan to stand up and voice their opposition to media monopolization. They hope young people will show concern for matters of significant import and come together to bring about change.
NCKU’s 02 Group, whose name is a phonetic translation of “protest” in Hoklo (commonly known as Taiwanese), the Student Union and the United League of Student Unions all gathered at the main gate of the university’s Kuangfu campus to hold a soapbox event to speak out against media monopolization. Members and representatives of every student organization were invited to hold discussions. A student band named Stethoscope performed a song, “Behemoth,” that was written especially for the event, and at the end everyone came together for a group photo commemorating the anti-media monopoly event.
Chang Chih-ling, a member of 02 Group, says that people are not willing to let the media become a tool of those with power and authority, and will not allow the truth to be buried by single voice, so that is why they are fighting against the “media monster,” because it would blind Taiwanese from seeing their future. The students hope that by taking action the government will finally start taking the issue seriously, and they have four requests: the government should stop playing dead and seriously review the Next Media Group buyout merger; legislation against media monopolization must be passed; the government must voice opposition to Chinese interference; and the government must strive to protect freedom of the press and publicly support Taiwan’s Next Media unions.
Students from KSU’s Department of Public Relations and Advertising also organized an event — “Anti-media monopoly, I’m protecting Taiwan at KSU” — on Facebook, during which students and teachers were invited to gather in front of the school’s Library and Information Center at noon daily from Dec. 10 to Dec. 14, to offer their opinions and participate in a group photo activity in which individual cards were held up that spelled out in Chinese, “Anti-media monopoly, defending freedom of the press. I’m protecting Taiwan at KSU.”
(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)