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Taiwan's public TV 'under serious threat'

Taiwan's Public Television Service (PTS) Foundation has warned that proposed new legislation seriously threatens the independence of Taiwan's public media.

The proposal by two parliamentary committees would prevent PTS, Taiwan Indigenous TV (TITV), Hakka TV and Macroview TV from using programming and production budgets without with prior, item-by-item government approval.

"The proposal legislation seriously violates the social consensus for all political parties to withdraw from media operation," the foundation said.

"If passed, it would signify the undoing of hard-won freedom of the media and democratic progress in Taiwan."

It said half of PTS' annual budget of US$28 million had been frozen by parliament for nearly one year despite PTS demonstrating good faith by submitting various operational plans and performance reports.

"Over the course of its history, PTS has never transgressed its designated role and has always respected criticism and suggestions from the legislature and society," the foundation said.

"However, we will never accept unjustified interference in our independence and will take whatever steps necessary to protect the freedom of public media and the core democratic values that the people of Taiwan have cultivated at great cost."

Wednesday 10 Dec 2008

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