Until Taiwan’s democratisation in 1987, the Taiwanese media landscape was heavily censored. Nowadays, freedom of speech and expression is guaranteed. Accordingly, press and media are free in Taiwan and reflect diverse and critical views and opinions. A multitude of newspaper, radio and TV stations exists. The internet is also freely accessible and non-censored which is why Taiwan is among the top scorers of press freedom within Asia.
However, media outlets usually have strong affiliations with political parties, hence offering preferential coverage to their respective candidates. Also, China seeks to use its economic power to exert political influence through Taiwanese media.