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CtiTV’s variety channel penalized over racist joke

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

CtiTV’s variety channel was fined NT$200,000 after one of its popular programs was found to have broadcasted discriminatory remarks about women and Aborigines, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday.

Jason Ho (何吉森), director of the NCC’s communication content department, said one episode of the talk show University (大學生了沒) invited college students and their parents to attend the show and a competition was held among the parents to see who could tell the best joke.

One of the parents said that while Aboriginal men go hunting, Aboriginal women idle around and cheat on their husbands. He said that when women go to confession after having sex with their lovers, they would simply tell the priest that “they fell.”

Ho said the episode was reviewed by members of an independent content review panel after the commission received 50 to 60 complaints from viewers, including letters from the New Taipei City (新北市) and Greater Tainan governments.

The panel ruled that the episode violated Article 17 of the Satellite Broadcasting Act (衛星廣播電視法), which prohibits programs from impairing the physical or mental health of children or juveniles, disrupting public order or adversely affecting good social customs.

“The general-rating program contained remarks that were sexually and racially discriminatory,” Ho said.

“The post-production team should have been sensitive to these inappropriate remarks, which are certainly not jokes and convey only prejudice. This prejudice will spread through the broadcasting media,” Ho said.

Ho added that nine of 12 media experts voted to penalize the channel, and only two voted to send an official notice to the channel and ask it to address the situation.

Meanwhile, the National Geographic Channel (NGC) was fined NT$300,000 after an episode of the program Most Amazing Moments (驚奇時刻:戰慄刺激) was found to have contained images that could impair the physical or mental health of children or juveniles.

According to the NCC, the episode showed people drinking human blood and engaging in self-torture.

“The starting fine for such a violation is NT$200,000, but the panel considered it a severe violation, so they decided that the channel would be fined NT$300,000,” Ho said.

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