Media Reform in Taiwan Since 1987

Gary Rawnsley, Ming-Yeh Rawnsley

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Media reform is a valuable indicator of democratisation. It provides an abundance of information about the levels of freedom, tolerance, social justice and pluralism within a political system. This article reviews the changes in the Taiwanese media that have occurred since the lifting of martial law in 1987 and considers how the media are faring at the beginning of Chen Shui-bian’s second term. Taiwan’s media are still at an early stage of democratisation but it cannot be denied that progress has been made and that Taiwan’s media are looking increasingly like those operating in systems at comparatively similar stages of democratic consolidation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-55
Number of pages10
JournalChina Perspectives
Issue number56
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004


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