Media tycoon an anti-Beijing typhoon

Asia Times has profiled , owner of Hong Kong’s Next Media empire, which has recently expanded into Taiwan: “‘It’s very exciting to live in a democracy. It’s too tempting,’ Lai said when asked by members of Taiwan media in late May 2001 why he officially changed his residence to Taiwan. Lai offers a revealing statement on the role of the media buried in ’s annual report: ‘The media are not the tools of the ruling powers but are the people’s servant.’ And that includes the occasional brothel review. ”

The full profile, the first in a new series in Asia Times about media trends, is here.

November 10, 2004, 10:49 AM
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