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NCC sees `disciplinary' role for media associations

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday it aimed to reinforce the self-disciplinary function of media associations in regulating media content.

Jason Ho (何吉森), director of the NCC's communication content department, said that while the new telecommunication law is moving toward deregulating control on media content, media organizations must also apply discretion when presenting their material. He said that media associations to which they belong must also be active in evaluating the performance of their members.

Ho said that NCC chairman Su Yeong-chin (蘇永欽) has also suggested that NCC officials look into more "refined" ways to regulate media content.

Su said the commission could first appeal to media associations, which will in turn ask their members to follow a stricter code of conduct when broadcasting certain types of material, Ho said. A formal warning would then be issued to those with a past record of violations.

Ho said the commission can punish media organizations using penalties provided by the law.

He made his statement during a commission meeting yesterday, where commissioners discussed ways to regulate the use of archival material and graphic simulations in TV news.

Measures regulating TV programs where special guests are invited to talk about their "paranormal" experiences were also reviewed.

The commission began to pay attention to the latter after receiving multiple complaints from women's groups that had noticed an increase in talk shows on ghosts during the ghost months.

The NCC was declared an unconstitutional agency by the Council of Grand Justices, but has been permitted to continue functioning until the end of the year under its present charter.

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