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Groups draft act on media monopolies

WORDS, ACTION:Activists criticized lawmakers for failing to fulfill vows to pass anti-media monopoly laws, saying that their proposal would set ‘red lines’ for news outlets

By Loa Iok-sin and Chris Wang  /  Staff reporters

Regarding a bill against media monopolization proposed by the National Communications Commission, the group said it was the worst proposal so far, as it used a complicated and questionable methodology to identify media monopolies.

Su and Ker both pledged to fully support anti-monopoly regulations, with Su saying that the party’s insistence on passing a law and opposition to media monopolization had never wavered.

However, Ker said the fate of such legislation would still be “pretty much decided by the attitude of the Chinese Nationalist Party [KMT] caucus,” which enjoys a legislative majority, adding that the DPP faced time constraints in passing bills before the current session goes into recess at the end of the month.

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