Campaign Against Pro-China Media Monopoly in Taiwan Turns Global

After the Taiwan-based media company Want Want China Times Group acquired 60% of the country's second largest cable television service this July, it continued to expand this November, acquiring 32% of the country’s best-selling newspaper Apple Daily [zh], from Hong Kong-based Next Media Ltd.

It is obvious that the pro-China chairman of Want Want China Times Group, Tsai Eng-Meng, aims to extend his influence in Taiwan and its monopoly in media is generating a lot of anxiety among local Taiwanese who are worried about Chinese government intervention in Taiwan politics.

Despite mass students’ protest against media monopoly following the latest acquisition in Taiwan, the government ignored their concerns and demands. Now overseas Taiwanese have organized an online protest across the world.

Yu-Hsi Liu, an economist, explained why she supports this protest. Use with permission.

Yu-Hsi Liu, an economist, explained why she supports this protest:

I know libertarians do not support Anti-monopoly law. But in Taiwan, anti-monopoly has different context: we are facing a exogenous force which threatens our free market and freedom. Its monopoly power does not come from a natural market process; it comes from the rent-seeking of [ruling party] KMT and CCP [Communist Party of China]. It is why we are opposing to monopoly in the media market.

A group of Taiwanese students in Egypt [zh] also explained how media monopoly would bias the audience’s viewpoint:


Protester holding protest slogan at Beijing Tiananmen Square. Photo from What's Next Facebook page, non-commercial use.

Two weeks ago, when the war started again in the Gaza Strip, most of the mainstream media in the western countries only reported the statement released by the Israel government and slightly mentioned the tremendous casualty caused by the military force sent from Israel[…]The bias in reports in western media is due to the manipulation of numerous politically influential entities and money[…]When we look at Taiwan, if the finance of our media is controlled by China and the media yields to the syndicate, how can we see the truth?

To protest against the influence of the Chinese government, a Taiwanese protested at Tiananmen square, a place symbolizing the civilians’ resentment and political repression in China.

Protester from Germany. Photo from What's next's Facebook Page, non commercial use.

An online protester’s note [zh] submitted from Germany may summarize the thoughts of these supporters across the world:


When I still have the opportunity to speak, when my post will not be removed without any reason, when you cannot catch me, when you cannot stop me from talking, I would like to say it loud, ‘whether [you do it] because you did not earn enough money or you have more dark political motives, in the long-term, you are selling out our national security. I do not want to be controlled by you, and I do not want to be a stupid person. I am only a college student, but I will keep protesting until you change.’


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