News Summary: Taiwan media deal sparks protests

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SALE PROTESTS: The expected sale of a media mogul's Taiwan holdings to a group that includes an outspokenly pro-China businessman has triggered protests.

PRESS CONCERNS: About 100 protesters in Taipei protested the sale, expressing concerns that it will rein in a source of lively, independent reporting on the democratic island.

CHINA TIES: The $601 million deal involves the sale of the Taiwanese editions of Apple Daily, Next magazine and Next TV to a Taiwanese group including businessman Tsai Eng-meng, who made a fortune selling rice crackers on the Chinese mainland. His China Times newspaper is a strong supporter of Chinese policies.