Central News Agency (Taiwan)

The Central News Agency (CNA) is the state-owned news agency in the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Central News Agency
Central News Agency of Taiwan
Central News Agency entry at Zhi Ching Building 1F 20150912.jpg
Central News Agency main entrance at Zhi Ching Building 1F
Established1 April 1924; 97 years ago (1924-04-01)[1]
Founded atGuangzhou, Guangdong[1]
TypeNews agency (state-owned)[1]
Legal statusNon-profit organisation[1]
Region served
Worldwide, 30 locations[1]
Official languages
Mandarin, English, Japanese,[1] Spanish (closed 2021[2])
OwnerGovernment of the Republic of China
Parent organization
Executive Yuan
FocusTaiwan.tw (English)
フォーカス台湾 (Japanese)
Central News Agency
Traditional Chinese中央通訊
Simplified Chinese中央通讯

In addition to its Chinese (Mandarin) edition, it also has English and Japanese editions. It has a 300-strong employee base, and has overseas branches in some 30 countries. It works with a number of well-known news agencies around the world; such as the US-based Associated Press, Reuters of London, England, the German Deutsche Welle, and France-based Agence France-Presse.

A Spanish language edition, Enfoque en Taiwán, was closed 31 March 2021.[2]


The agency was founded 1 April 1924; 97 years ago (1924-04-01), by the Kuomintang (KMT). Its headquarters was originally located in Guangzhou in Guangdong, but had to be relocated to Taipei, Taiwan Province in 1949, following the collapse of the Republic of China (ROC) government in mainland China after the Chinese Civil War, due to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s victory, while the CCP established its new official news agency, Xinhua News Agency.[1]

Despite the corporatisation of the agency in 1973, it continued to receive heavy government subsidies, and remained the nation's official state agency. At the time, journalists from CNA received preferential treatment on various occasions, mostly government-related press conferences.

After democratization, on 1 July 1996, the agency took the form of a non-profit organisation under a bill passed by the Legislative Yuan.[1] Today, the agency is still the official news agency of Taiwan, and receives part of its funding from the Executive Yuan. However, its media influence is said to have diminished a great deal due to a rise in competition after the government decided to lift restrictions on mass media.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "About Us - Focus Taiwan - CNA English news". FocusTaiwan.tw. Central News Agency. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b "CNA pondrá fin a sus servicios informativos en idioma español". Enfoque en Taiwán. Central News Agency (Taiwan). Retrieved 26 April 2021.

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