UN ban on Taiwan journalists is ‘unacceptable discrimination’: RSF

20-Sep-2018 Intellasia | Taiwan News | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Reporters Without Borders calls on UN to accredit Taiwanese journalists

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called on the United Nations (UN) to allow Taiwanese journalists to attend and cover its events, in a statement published on September 18.

Secretary-general of RSF, Christophe Deloire, said the UN ban is discriminatory and contradicts the right to free information enshrined in the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Recent years have seen China pressure the UN to restrict media accreditation to Taiwanese journalists on the basis of their passports, while UN policy states that Taiwanese journalists who present Taiwanese identity papers will not be admitted entry to the UN and its events.

The statement was published on the opening day of the 73rd session of the UN general Assembly, the intergovernmental organisation’s main representative and policy-making body. The 73rd session will run from September 18 to September 25 in New York, US

“Over the past years, China has been lobbying in every possible way to isolate Taiwan on the international stage, including preventing its journalists from doing their job” said the statement.

Deloire called on the UN to “to accredit all journalists of good faith, regardless of their nationality or the place of origin of their media.”

Taiwanese journalists have been banned from attending the World Health Assembly for the past four years, and were previously banned by other UN agencies, the statement said.

RSF singled out the general Assembly and World Health Assembly as significant events which should include Taiwan’s media.

According to RSF’s World Press Freedom Index, Taiwan is ranked best in Asia, and 42nd overall. China meanwhile is ranked 176th out of 180.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is currently lobbying its friends to write to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to advocate for Taiwan’s participation in the world assembly, reported CNA.



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