President 'likes' CNA, hopes it will feature more foreign news
April 2, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
TAIPEI -- President Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday clicked "like" on the Central News Agency's Facebook page and encouraged the wire service to duplicate the success it achieved in its coverage of the Ukraine crisis in March.
Ma commended CNA for its "lazy person's guide" to the crisis in his remarks at a ceremony to mark the agency's 90th anniversary, and he offered CNA his heartfelt congratulations for its nine decades of journalism.
The agency's "lazy person's guide" to the Ukraine crisis recorded a record 370,000 hits and attracted over 10,000 readers to join the web page's group of fans.
As one of the fans, "I will give CNA one more 'like,'" he said.
The president recalled that five years ago, when attending CNA's 85th anniversary, he presented the agency a handwritten message — "Put the pulse of the globe under your fingertip."
If he were to give another congratulatory message to CNA this time, it would be: "Offer comprehensive insight into the world."
"This is what I would expect CNA to achieve in the coming years," the president said.
He said the 90th anniversary of CNA was not simply to be celebrated by CNA alone but also "an important milestone in the history of journalism in the Republic of China."
Ma said that beyond being highly impressed by CNA's precise and enlightening reporting on developments in Ukraine, he was also "deeply impressed" by CNA's video stories on Chinese language teaching in Southeast Asian countries.
"I do hope that these kinds of services will enable readers at home and abroad to get CNA stories through various channels in Chinese, English, Japanese and Spanish."
Descriptions such as "accurate" and "objective" have not been heard too often lately to describe the media, Ma said, yet accurate and objective news services "are exactly what we need at this point in time" because a pluralistic society needs a media outlet that offers accurate, fast and objective reporting.
The president also applauded CNA on its transformation from an "upstream content provider" to a "downstream content provider," and from a print media to an electronic media by using advanced digital technology and integrating mobile devices.
CNA has kept abreast of the global trend of using technology to get useful and meaningful information and then disseminating it efficiently.