State controlled media does not generate any profits or taxes.
I'm not saying that companies should be controlled by a government. Except maybe for strategically vital industries - depends on a country and circumstances. No matter.
What we are talking about is some tax which may or may not be an attempt at bringing some TV stations under gov control. If that is a case it is:
a, a very dumb move
b, one that will end in a failure.
On the other hand as far as I know media market is overrun by foreign companies and a capital. I wouldn't mind if they would just scram.
I would say that it is an attempt on the part of the gov to look for some new ways of getting more revenue.
Third world country's control the media.
Dude is that even an argument? Who cares? By the way because media in first world countries are controlled by practically unaccountable oligarchs.
Not that much different from Russia.
I would say differences between first and third world countries are down to much more detailed and complex issues that who and how control the media.
Nowadays the most important one the Internet seems to be controlled by the lizard people..... it should be regulated by the law of a country to keep monopoly of corporations at bay.
if the public are influenced or swayed
Well people are more stupid that they are given a credit for, Also that is my opinion not a nonsense.