- Posted March 22, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Protesters occupy Taiwan legislature
The photo was taken on Thursday midnight inside the Legislative Yuan. When I went home, I turned on the TV and watched how the news channel would report. Unfortunately, almost every news channel report this protest in their own point of view. I switched off TV and stayed awake until the sunshine broke into the window of my room. Because I still had classes in the morning.
However, the sleepiness made me dizzy, so that I decided to take a leave. I wrote down," Teacher, I need to take a leave next hour." "Why?" "I went to Legislative Yuan yesterday." Then, the teacher stood up and announced what I had wrote. She asked me to tell in detail in front of class. I said,"It was worth it and I had learned much from this student movement." She asked me how much did I know about this agreement? I answered that I read every line of it. (I really read it.)But what I wanted to say was that I disagreed the way of how legislators passed this agreement. She then made her comment that was rude to occupy the Legislative Yuan and students should not mess up there. I asked that where did she get this information? She said newspaper. Then, a little quarrel rather than argument happened between She and I.This is Taiwan, where media distort the truth and fact.
Another incident happened on Friday midnight. After I went home and fell asleep and woke up in 5pm. I went to Legislative Yuan again.Around 3am, a protestor fell down, after a while,doctors and nurses rushed to see the patient. At the same time, a Taiwanese reporter blocked the way and raised his camera. The protestors quickly stopped him and asked him to gave a way for the patient. He was angry and cursed us, he said that he just wanted to know what happened. Some protestors started to shouted,"Reporter, out! "
At the same time, a foreign reporter wanted to take the video. I told the same words as I told Taiwanese reporter and he walked aside immediately.This is Taiwan, where the reporter cares news more than life.
Media criticism is a lesson I learned most in this student movement.That is,"If you judge anything by its cover only, you won't know the truth inside of it."