Ultimately, it is not strictly about authoritarianism or democracy – I think it is about press freedom. It’s about journalism. As I mentioned, the Taiwanese model relies heavily on the journalists asking the tough questions every 2:00 PM and on civic journalism, on people finding out what’s wrong with our pandemic response… Or maybe not wrong, per se, but the virus has mutated, so the original measures become wrong in light of the new variant of the virus.

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