By: Lee Hsin-Yin
Taipei, May 15 (CNA) The United Nations’ disapproval to grant Taiwanese reporters media
accreditation for this year’s meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA) was “unacceptable,” president of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said Tuesday.
Philippe Leruth was commenting on the U.N. Secretariat’s rejection of two CNA reporters’ application to register for covering this year’s meeting of WHA, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) — a suppression of press freedom believed to be a result of Beijing’s intervention.
Leruth said he will write to the institutions responsible for the decision to urge them to honor international media’s right to cover the annual event.
The U.N.’s decision could lead to news “censorship,” he argued, noting if journalists were denied access to reporting today because of their nationality, their application for credentials could be turned down tomorrow for other reasons. [FULL STORY]