The SET-TV network came under fire yesterday after the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) accused it of doctoring footage and distorting the role the party had played in its special report on the 228 Incident.
The 228 Incident refers to a local uprising beginning on Feb. 27, 1947, against the KMT regime, which crushed the uprising by killing tens of thousands of civilians.
From March 3 through March 7, SET-TV broadcast a series of special reports on the history of the 228 Incident to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the massacre.
PHOTO: SUNG CHIH-HSIUNG, TAIPEI TIMES
KMT lawmakers yesterday claimed the TV station had doctored an image by passing off an image of a KMT officer executing a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) member in Shanghai in 1948 as that of a Taiwanese being killed by the KMT regime during the 228 Incident. The lawmakers made the claim following a report by the Chinese-language United Daily News yesterday on the matter.
The KMT argues that the 228 Incident was the result of poor governance rather than ethnic conflict.
In a written statement, KMT Culture and Communications Committee Chairman Yang Tu (
"SET-TV used video clips from the Chinese Civil War and passed them off as belonging to the 228 Incident. It inspired hatred and violated news ethics," the statement said.
SET-TV spokeswoman Chang Cheng-fen (
SET-TV news chief editor Chen Ya-lin (
"We didn't fabricate the special report. We didn't know the clip was about the civil war between the KMT and the CCP. There was no indication on the master tape, and Juan didn't inform us of the fact. Nor did she write it in the letter of authorization," Chen said.
But Chen's comments were dismissed by Juan, who said she had told SET-TV the truth upon loaning them the tape, adding that SET-TV had willfully used the footage in a misleading way.
The National Communications Commission (NCC) later demanded that SET-TV explain its handling of the issue and sent statements to all TV stations to remind them of proper procedures in handling videos that simulate historic events.
"SET-TV's handling of the historical documents did not follow professional journalism procedures," NCC Vice Commissioner Howard Shyr (石世豪) said. "NCC will send the content to the Programs and Advertisements Consultation Committee for further examination."
In related news, DPP Legislator Lin Yu-sheng (林育生), who worked as spokesman for Premier Su Tseng-chang's (蘇貞昌) presidential campaign office, yesterday accused SET-TV of failing to remain impartial during the DPP's legislative and presidential primary.
Lin said SET-TV had paved the way for a certain candidate in the primary by making comments favoring former premier Frank Hsieh (
"Whether or not SET TV is an impartial medium or a mouthpiece is for the public to decide," Lin said, referring to a political talk show hosted by Cheng Hung-yi (鄭弘儀), which airs in the evening.
The station was unavailable for comment as of press time.
Meanwhile, accompanied by two female DPP legislators and a DPP Central Executive Committee member, DPP Legislator Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) yesterday accused the Green Peace Broadcasting Station of siding with her rivals and attempting to discredit her by dubbing her "Chinese Khim (
Hsiao lost to rival DPP Legislator Wang Shih-cheng (王世堅) in the Taipei second district by a margin of 33.87 percent.
"It is OK to lose the primary, but I don't want to be forced out of politics as a consequence of my loyalty to the nation being put into question," she said, choking up.
Asked for comments, Green Peace Broadcasting said its spokesman was unavailable, adding that the program in which called Hsiao had been called "Chinese Khim" was outsourced.
The station said it would not meddle in how the program is produced, unless it is found to be in violation of broadcasting regulations.
Additional reporting by Mo Yan-chih
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