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Taiwan declines to renew license for pro-Beijing news channel

Authorities take issue with parent group's influence over reporting

CTi News is a prominent news channel in Taiwan known for its pro-Beijing viewpoint. (Photo by Yu Nakamura)

TAIPEI -- Taiwanese authorities on Wednesday announced they will not renew the broadcast license of a prominent pro-Beijing news channel, triggering pushback from its operator as a violation of press freedoms.

Without a renewal, CTi News will be forced off the air when its current license expires on Dec. 11. The other two entertainment-focused channels under the same broadcaster, CTi TV, will remain on the air.

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