CTi News decision legally sound: lawyer

RESPONSE: The courts’ decision not to renew the television channel’s broadcast license had nothing to do with press freedom, lawyer Huang Di-ying said

Tai0pei Times
Date: Dec 13, 2020
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter, with CNA

Want Want China Times Media Group founder Tsai Eng-meng, front row center, and CTi News’ employees cheer at the TV station in Taipei to bid farewell to viewers on Friday, the last day of its TV broadcast.
Photo: CNA

A decision not to renew CTi News’ broadcasting license was in accordance with the law, a lawyer who has previously represented the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said on Friday, the last day of the channel’s TV broadcast.

It is not a press freedom issue and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) should not spin it that way, lawyer Huang Di-ying (黃帝穎) said in a statement.

Citing “repeated violations of regulations and the failure of its internal discipline and control mechanisms,” the National Communications Commission (NCC) on Nov. 18 said that it would not renew CTi News’ broadcast license, which expired at 12am yesterday.

CTi has said that the decision was politically motivated, as the channel is known for being critical of the DPP government.    [FULL  STORY]

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