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Ma's meddling in PTS's affairs seen unwise

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Ma's meddling in PTS's affairs seen unwise

An escalation of controversies surrounding a replacement of Taiwan Public Television Service (PTS) acting chairperson Cheng Tung-liao made the public confused and severely affected employees' morale. At present, the situation is still in stalemate.
President Ma Ying-jeou might intend to make some reforms in the PTS out of good reason, but his government intervened in a reshuffle of the board members of the network and damaged the original tenure system. The Executive Yuan also ignored an official correction made by the Control Yuan on Dec. 10, 2009.
These moves demonstrated that Ma's government tried to manipulate the PTS on behalf of Taiwanese people in the public interest. We think it was unwise for Ma to do so.
The Government Information Office obviously violated the Public Television Act to nominate eight new members in the reorganization of PTS's board - a move regarded by some civic groups as a means for Ma's government to control the network. The Legislative Yuan was also responsible for the GIO's power abuse.
Over the past few decades, the PTS has provided balance news for the public and focused on issues of social movements and disadvantaged groups. The civil groups value this network's influence playing a significant role in our society. As a result, the Control Yuan's correction provided a wake-up call for all citizens to be alert to the ruling government's meddling in PTS's affairs.
We think the GIO should not abuse its power, but must obey the correction. The Legislative Yuan has to set up a new commission to make up for insufficient members to the board. The PTS will eventually come back to normal and provide its service for Taiwanese people.
A reader


Updated : 2021-04-21 05:02 GMT+08:00