Unjust Deadline — Postwar Journalists

Unjust Deadline — Postwar Journalists

Date:2019/04/03~2019/12/15
Venue: Jing-Mei White Terror Memorial Park

From April 3 through Dec. 15, the Jing-Mei White Terror Memorial Park will play host to the National Human Rights Museum’s special exhibition in honor of Freedom of Speech Day 2019: “Unjust Deadline—Postwar Journalists." The New Taipei City exhibition will also be accompanied by film screenings and seminars.

“Unjust Deadline" covers the political persecution of the news media from the February 28 Incident of 1947 through the White Terror period, using the experiences of the journalists who suffered to look at the measures of oppression and restraint the authorities employed during the period of authoritarian rule and reflect on the value of a truly free media as the guardian of freedom of speech and cornerstone of human rights.

The exhibition features Huang Chih-cheng’s (黃至正) “Editor’s Desk Imprisoned at Garrison Command" installation and Chen Yun-ju’s (陳韻如) “Silenced Group Portrait" interactive installation. These, combined with reconstructed interrogation room scenes; “patriotic" anti-communist radio propaganda from the authoritarian era; and anti-Communist, anti-Soviet slogans all around, visitors will get a visceral sense of the oppressive, unfree air of a time when voices were silenced and the threat of surveillance was constant.

Deputy Minister of Culture Celest Hsiao-ching Ting (丁曉菁) commented that journalism is the cornerstone of a democratic polity and that the role of the Fourth Estate is essential. The structures and challenges of journalism under authoritarian rule were very different from those of the Internet age, and the oppression they faced was far beyond anything seen today. They fought for journalistic values, and their commitment is an inspiration to us all, she added.

Chen Chun-hung (陳俊宏), director of the National Human Rights Museum, said that from the cautionary tales of how journalists once suffered political persecution, one can witness how far freedom of speech and freedom of the press have come in Taiwan, and how hard the journey has been. In this “post-truth" era of social media, where emotion and belief can be more of an influence on public opinion than objective facts, the traditional gatekeeping role of journalism is under attack, and how those in the news business are to respond to this challenge is a serious issue, he stated.

Through this exhibition, one will also see how many journalists gave their lives for their ideals. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of pro-democracy pioneer Cheng Nan-jung’s martyrdom, the museum invites everyone to reflect on what freedom of speech meant to him, in hope that more members of Taiwan society will focus on the core values of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.


被折斷的筆桿-言論自由日特展

展期:2019/04/07 – 2019/12/15
地點:國家人權博物館白色恐怖景美紀念園區美工工廠

戰後臺灣民主化歷程之慘痛與艱難可謂斑斑血淚,逾四十年的戒嚴更是近代史上不可思議的汙點紀錄。這段期間「報禁」、「黨禁」,還有處處須防人耳目的「政治管束」,讓「言論自由」成為被剝奪的奢求。

新聞自由奠基於言論自由,是守護人權與民主的最後防線,本次特展展示1947年二二八事件起,到白色恐怖時期,遭受政治迫害的新聞媒體的人與事,並經由諸多新聞媒體受難者血淚斑斑的經歷,回溯過往威權時代無所不用其極的新聞壓迫與箝制,反省並正視新聞自由的嚴肅性與重要性,共同守護這個民主自由的寶貴基石。

此次展覽內容,展示了豐富的文史資料,高階互動體驗裝置及數位影音錄像,以及藝術創作,提供參觀者多層次的五感體驗,並結合講座暨導覽活動,成功吸引到青年朋友的參與,讓言論自由的議題得到更多重視。

Unjust Deadline – Postwar Journalists

被折斷的筆桿-言論自由日特展

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