Students form front against ‘fake news’

MOVEMENT: The front would call on TV stations to adhere to journalistic ethics, as they are the main source of information for older people, a spokesman said

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 14, 2019
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

A coalition of student groups yesterday announced the establishment of the Youth Front

Social Democratic Party Taipei City Councilor Miao Po-ya, left, lawyer Lai Chung-chiang, right, Academia Sinica Institute of Taiwan History associate research fellow Wu Rwei-ren, second right, and others participate in a news conference outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday following the establishment of the Youth Front for Boycotting Fake News.Photo: CNA

for Boycotting Fake News, with experts highlighting Beijing’s increased interference in Taiwan’s public communication channels.

More than 100 university and high-school student groups, along with more than 50 experts, have pledged to support the front, which was established last week.

The front’s creation followed student-led campaigns last month on National Taiwan University’s (NTU) and National Chengchi University’s campuses to boycott TV stations allegedly broadcasting false or biased news reports in favor of certain politicians, NTU Student Association president Michelle Wu (吳奕柔) told a news conference in front of the Legislative Yuan in Taipei.

Front members said they would mail a pledge to produce verified and objective reports, as well as the Chinese-language book Critical Media Literacy (批判的媒體識讀), which is used as teaching material at Shih Hsin University, to six TV news stations to remind them of basic journalistic ethics.    [FULL  STORY]

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