Protesters criticize NCC over CTi News

PRESS FREEDOM URGED: The NCC’s ruling was a warning to media outlets not to defy the government, a former GIO director during Chen Shui-bian’s administration said

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 20, 2020
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter

Former Government Information Office director-general Chung Ching, fourth right front in yellow vest, takes part in a rally outside the National Communications Commission in Taipei yesterday to protest the commission’s decision to reject CTi News’ license renewal application.
Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times

Dozens of CTi News’ supporters yesterday rallied outside the National Communications Commission (NCC) in Taipei to protest the commissioners’ decision on Wednesday not to renew the news channel’s license.

Calling the decision political, protesters sprayed red paint over a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) flag, and urged members of the public to defend freedom of speech and press freedom by attending a rally in Taipei on Sunday.

At the protest, former Chinese National Party (KMT) legislator Shen Chih-hwei (沈智慧) said the government had used the commission to shut down a news channel, and the reasons that it gave for the decision went completely against freedom of the press.

The commission even told the public which channel should replace CTi News in the channel No. 52 slot, Shen said.    [FULL  STORY]

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