The courts’ decision not to renew the TV’s broadcasting license had nothing to do with freedom of the press, lawyer Huang Di-ying said
By Jason Pan / Staff Reporter, with CNA
The decision not to renew CTi News’ broadcasting license was in line with the law, a lawyer who previously represented the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said on Friday, the last day of the station’s television broadcast.
It is not a question of press freedom and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) should not turn it around, lawyer Huang Di-ying (黃帝穎) said in a statement.
Citing “repeated violations of regulations and the failure of their internal discipline and control mechanisms,” the National Communications Commission (NCC) said on Nov. 18 that it would not renew the CTi News broadcasting license, which expired at 12 noon yesterday.
CTi said the decision was politically motivated as the station is known for criticizing the DPP government.
Huang said the Satellite Broadcasting Act (衛星 廣播 電視 法) sets clear requirements that must be met by the media before broadcasting licenses can be granted or renewed.
The NCC Review Board found that CTi News repeatedly violated the law and failed to establish internal controls.
“So the decision had nothing to do with freedom of the press,” said Huang.
Some politicians are deciphering press freedom violations on the part of the government, but this only shows that they have no understanding of democracy and the rule of law, he said.
The NCC acted in accordance with the law, Huang said, referring to complaints against CTi’s decision that were denied by the Taipei High Administrative Court on Monday and the Supreme Administrative Court on Friday.
In the final hours of the CTi News TV broadcast, Tsai Eng-meng (蔡衍明), founder of Want Want China Times Media Group, the broadcaster’s largest shareholder, attended a live broadcast with more than 400 CTi News employees.
“CTi News has been closed because all of our anchors have completed their fourth booth duties,” Tsai said during the broadcast. “I’m proud of CTi.”
“Not only am I a righteous Chinese, I’m also a righteous Taiwanese,” said Tsai, adding that the station would be “reborn” as an online media and continue to broadcast.
He urged supporters to follow the channel on YouTube, which has 1.83 million subscribers, adding that CTi News aims to reach 2 million subscribers by the end of the year.
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