A media buyout in Taiwan which would put independent news outlets critical of China into the hands of a pro-Beijing media tycoon is cause for concern for the island's press. Jimmy Lai, the outspoken mogul behind Hong Kong-based Next Media and the Apple Daily tabloid, is selling his unprofitable Taiwan holdings to a consortium including Tsai Eng-meng, whose China Times Media group is supportive of China, according to local and international news reports....showing how publicity about the effects of the buyout on the media atmosphere in Taiwan is reaching globally. Kudos to everyone who has worked to publicize this sad affair.
The Taipei Times noted, however, that there has been too great a focus on the Next Media buyout and other media issues are going AWOL. To wit: excellent TT editorial on the Administration's moves to constrain reporting by placing it under government regulation....
A second worrying incident occurred on Monday, when the legislature passed an initial screening of a draft amendment to the Communicable Disease Control Act (傳染病防治法) that would force media organizations to correct any “false” information they publish on disease prevention measures during an epidemic. While this makes sense on paper, the proposed amendment raises the specter of the government — perhaps in collusion with pharmaceutical companies — having final say on what constitutes “true” or “false.”The 'first incident' referred to the editorial was this survey published by the Taipei City government.
- Satin Cesena on urban bike culture. Taiwan is almost ideal for this climate-wise, but the infrastructure and enforcement here are abysmal.
- As a friend wittily observed, the DPP's awesome Joseph Wu turns tables on Chinese, says they hurt Taiwanese feelings.
- Adobe sends waves through tech world when it closes its Taiwan sales office.
- Haha. Interagency board approves China-based hijacking of Taipei Arena for Music Awards.
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