ABSTRACT

The Anti-Media Monopoly Movement (反媒體壟斷運動) was a protest led by a coalition of academics, journalists and students that took place in Taiwan between 2012 and 2013. Originally opposed to Want Want China Times Media Group’s (旺旺中時媒體集團) monopolization of Taiwan’s media, the movement addressed ideas as diverse as freedom of the press, democratic process and national identity. Multidimensional in its practices, the movement ranged from street demonstrations to a global social media campaign before introducing new regulatory proposals to the Legislative Yuan in May 2013. The movement’s leaders operated in and used a political style that negotiated the space between their idealism and understanding of political reality. In this way, the Anti-Media Monopoly Movement was indicative of a search for the new sites of power in the changing politics of contemporary Taiwan.