When the NCC made a decision not to replace Zhongtian News, many believed it was the government's stifling of freedom of speech. I think everyone understands the "paradox of liberty" theory, which is that unrestricted liberty (such as the liberty to kill) will ultimately lead to no liberty for everyone. Therefore, we will definitely agree to give up some of our freedom to the government, but everyone has different opinions on how much the government can control. For the supporters of Zhongtian News, it is obvious that the government is "taking too much control" this time.
The boundaries of freedom of speech are a topic that needs to be discussed constantly in democratic countries. If we want to discuss the nature or photo background removing scope of freedom of speech from an abstract perspective, we will never be able to reach a consensus. The real pragmatic approach should be to ask why we need speech. free? What is the use of free speech? Since human beings have freedom of speech, the reasons for defending freedom of speech can be roughly divided into two types. One is "the instrumental nature of freedom of speech", which advocates that only through free discussion can people get closer to the truth or even the truth; "The protection of freedom of speech", advocates that only by guaranteeing the freedom of speech of everyone can we prevent the opinions of the majority in society from becoming unquestionable dogmas, and instead oppress the equal rights of the minority.
So does Zhongtian News meet the "instrumentality of freedom of speech", which can let the audience know the truth of the matter better? If we spread out the penalty records of Zhongtian News, we will find that just for the "violation of fact-checking", Zhongtian has been fined 7.2 million in the past 6 years, the highest among all news stations, including "2 million tons of fines". Wendan lost the reservoir" and "Han Jiajun's mobile phone has been seized". In March this year, when the Wuhan pneumonia epidemic was severe, it was directly titled "New Coronary Pneumonia Impact, Countdown to 6 Days of Taiwan Lockdown". Such rumors not only caused social panic, but also It directly hinders the audience's pursuit of truth.