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Recording the annals of our time

With so much of Taiwan's media doing China's bidding and abusing freedomof speech, the `Taipei Times' has a job to do in setting the record straight

By Rick Chu

But things are different now that he has entered into his second term. "Lack of experience" and "obstruction by the opposition" can no longer serve as excuses.

We have a responsibility to monitor the government's performance, and this time round our assessment will be more stringent and our attitude more critical. As we exist in a world of distorted media values, the Taipei Times has an arduous task ahead of it.

On my wall hangs a motto written in Chinese calligraphy. It was given to me when I began working at the Taipei Times five years ago by a close Korean friend well versed in the Chinese classics. It reads: "Record the annals of our time with honesty, condemn evil and praise righteousness" (春秋直筆, 破邪顯正).

As we embark on a second five-year period, we are up against many demons and goblins both within our society and from China. We have many difficult battles ahead. I believe that the outstanding staff at the Taipei Times will perform better than ever, and will not disappoint our readers.

Rick Chu (朱立熙) is editor in chief of the Taipei Times.

TRANSLATED BY Ian Bartholomew

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