Ma calls on US to ‘keep an eye on’ CtiTV hearing

PRESS FREEDOM ISSUE: The former president said that Tsai Ing-wen has turned government agencies into political instruments, calling for international attention

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 18, 2020
By: Shih Hsiao-kuang / Staff reporter

The National Communications Commission office is pictured on Oct. 13.
Photo: Yang Mien-chieh, Taipei Times

Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday called on the US Department of State and Washington-based non-governmental organization Freedom House to keep an eye on the license renewal application of CtiTV News to prevent Taiwan’s freedom of the press being suppressed.

The TV station’s license is to expire in December, and the National Communications Commission (NCC) is on Monday next week to hold a public hearing on its license renewal application.

CtiTV is perceived as sympathetic to the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), which on Thursday accused the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government of trying to shut down the channel, citing documents leaked from the Presidential Office in May that instructed DPP-leaning NCC members to tackle the CtiTV issue.

If the government does not renew CtiTV News’ license, it would deal a blow to the freedom of speech and the nation’s democracy, Ma wrote on Facebook.    [FULL  STORY]

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