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Shining a Light on Corruption: The Story of Two Journalists in Taiwan

The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism presents a panel discussion featuring two pioneering broadcast journalists.

October 1, 2010 12:00pm to 12:00am

Lee Tao (李濤) and Vicky Lee (李艷秋) are broadcast journalists and media personalities in Taiwan who have been pioneers in the field, leading the way in the practice of journalism in their country. Lee Tao studied journalism at the University of Missouri where his experiences gave him a solid footing in the professional practice that was at odds with the way journalism was being practiced in Taiwan. Shortly after martial law was lifted in the early 1990s, he started pushing the boundaries of censorship on the radio, and then on TVBS, a nationwide cable television network in Taiwan. His news program investigated Chen Shui-bian, president of Taiwan, and exposed his corruption on the air before the station could be shut down. As a result, Chen was sentenced to prison for life (a sentence subsequently commuted to twenty years in prison. This insightful discussion by these two seasoned journalists will provide historical and current perspectives on the present state of media in the Republic of China. The program will be moderated by Geneva Overholser, Director of Journalism for the USC Annenberg School.

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