By: Claudia Liu and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, Dec. 21 (CNA) More than 10 media outlets in Taiwan have been found
involved in a scheme by Hualien County to write propaganda and gather public opinion for it, according to data from the Cabinet-level Public Construction Commission.
Mirror Media reported Wednesday that Hualien County Magistrate Fu Kun-chi (傅崐萁) invited bids last year for producing written or video propaganda pieces about the county’s policies and to record voices of the public.
The process resulted in the Hualien County government awarding 25 contracts paying NT$140,000 (US$4,545) to NT$280,000 each to reporters stationed in the county from several news organizations, according to the report.
After the National Communications Commission (NCC), the country’s top media regulator, learned of the scheme through the Mirror Media report, it called the case an “issue of journalistic ethics” and requested the media involved to launch an investigation and submit their findings to the NCC. [FULL STORY]