The Tsai Ing-wen regime in Taiwan attempted to interfere with Public Television Service(PTS) last year by asking the public media to establish an English-language channel, nominally to promote Taiwan. Still, many scholars have questioned whether the English-language channel on public television might become Taiwan’s CGTN(China Global Television Network) and a propaganda tool for the Tsai’s regime. This year, Tsai’s regime has set up an English-language video propaganda platform through the state-run Central News Agency. The first news video promotes the Medigen COVID-19 vaccine that has not yet undergone Phase III trials in Taiwan, which Tsai’s regime supports.
TaiwanPlus, an international audio and video streaming platform commissioned by the Tsai’s regime, went online at 7 p.m. Taiwan time on August 30, claiming that it would bring Taiwan’s audio and video programs, news, and stories to the world. However, the first news video launched on the platform began to promote the Medigen COVID-19 vaccine from Taiwan supported by the ruling party, raising suspicions that the platform has become a propaganda tool like the CGTN, the international division of the state-owned media organization CCTV.
Last year, the Tsai’s regime attempted to interfere with public television by establishing an English-language channel. At that time, the Tsai regime claimed that the purpose of the English channel was to announce Taiwan’s experience and value in pandemic prevention to the world. Officials claim that the channel will use the Internet and community penetration to convey Taiwan’s viewpoint, enhance international understanding of Taiwan, and increase the international community’s recognition of Taiwan.
At the time, the project was questioned by many academics as the government paying PTS for political propaganda and using PTS as CCTV. In the end, the CEO and Executive Vice CEO of PTS resigned, and Tsai’s regime stopped the project.
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