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Canadian parliamentarians visit CNA to discuss media issues

Canadian parliamentarians visit CNA to discuss media issues

Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) A group of Canadian parliamentarians visited CNA's headquarters in Taipei Wednesday to learn more about the media environment in Taiwan and exchange views on digital media issues during their weeklong visit. Three parliamentarians in the delegation, led by Nina Grewal of the Conservative Party, had previously worked as journalists. Ryan Cleary, a House of Commons member from the New Democratic Party, reminisced on "the freedom" of working in journalism compared to politics but pondered about the future of newspapers in an era when readers do not want to pay for content. Noting that CNA is one of the world's oldest news agencies, agency President Fan Hsiang-lin (???) said the organization founded in 1924 in China has begun embraced digital media by shifting from a business-to-business model to a business-to-client model by offering news directly to readers. John Barlow, a Conservative Party member of the House of Commons, said that the heavy focus on digital media today has left many Canadian outlets competing to be the first to break a story -- regardless of the accuracy of the information reported. "Who's gonna have it online first" is now the priority, the long-time journalist said, adding the aim to be first, not to be right, "hit me hard." He added that many Canadian dailies now try to focus more on local news to maintain readership, since readers can turn to the Internet if they want to learn about international events. Annick Papillon, a New Democratic Party member of the House of Commons, said that in addition to Canada's two official languages, there are two distinct media environments because local English and French media often focus on different issues. Having access to "good sources" and "good information" is very important for any news operator, added Papillon, who is also a former journalist. Journalists need to be accountable, agreed former MP Gurmant Grewal, husband of the Nina Grewal. Michael MacDonald, a Conservative senator and co-leader of the delegation, focused more on Taiwan itself than the media, asking about whether the country will remain the Republic of China or become a Republic of Taiwan in the decades to come. Citing recent public polls, Fan explained that the majority of Taiwanese still prefers maintaining the status-quo, while there is a sizeable minority in support of Taiwan's formal independence. The parliamentarians are visiting Taiwan Jan. 17-23. Their itinerary includes meeting with President Ma Ying-jeou (???) and visiting the Legislature, the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Council of Agriculture, the Mainland Affairs Council, and the Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association, according to the Foreign Ministry. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-22 02:28 GMT+08:00