Central News Agency (Taiwan)

The Central News Agency (CNA) is the government-controlled news agency of 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; 98 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
Standard Chinese, English, Japanese,[1] Spanish (closed 2021[2])
OwnerGovernment of the Republic of China
Parent organization
Executive Yuan
Central News Agency
Traditional Chinese中央通訊
Simplified Chinese中央通讯

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


The agency was founded 1 April 1924; 98 years ago (1924-04-01), by the Kuomintang. Its headquarters was originally located in Guangzhou in Guangdong, but had to be relocated to Taipei in 1949, following the defeat of the Republic of China government in mainland China in the Chinese Civil War.[1]

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

After democratization, on 1 July 1996, the agency became a non-profit organisation under a bill passed by the Legislative Yuan.[1] As of 2022, it is still Taiwan's official news agency, and received part of its funding from the Executive Yuan. However, its media influence is said[by whom?] to have diminished due to a rise in competition after the government decided to lift restrictions on mass media.[citation needed]

A Spanish language edition, Enfoque en Taiwán, was closed 31 March 2021.[2] In August 2021, CNA oversaw the launch of the TaiwanPlus streaming platform.[3]

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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). Archived from the original on 2021-03-27. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  3. ^ Yeh, Joseph (August 30, 2021). "Taiwan+ a window to the world to discover Taiwan: Tsai". FocusTaiwan. Retrieved September 4, 2021.

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