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Taiwan Quick Take: Talk shows criticized

The Cabinet yesterday urged the National Communications Commission (NCC) to investigate and, if necessary, punish TV talk shows for misleading the public with remarks on political scandals that are currently under investigation. Cabinet Spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) said that the Government Information Office (GIO) has received a significant number of phone calls from the public about this matter. The complaints mainly requested that the GIO "do something" about the TV talk shows, which continue to report, criticize or analyze scandals which are under investigation. "[The talk shows' criticism of these scandals] obviously violates the Broadcasting and Television Law (廣電法). We urge the NCC to get involved, investigate or even punish those TV talk shows," Cheng said. Cheng said the law stated that the media should not discuss, criticize or analyze any case under investigation because doing so could mislead the public.

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