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

Reporters Without Borders calls on UN to accredit Taiwanese journalists

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/09/19
By: Scott Morgan, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 18. (By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called on the United Nations (U.N.) to allow Taiwanese journalists to attend and cover its events, in a statement published on Sept. 18.

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

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

The statement was published on the opening day of the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly, the intergovernmental organization’s main representative and policy-making body. The 73rd session will run from Sept. 18 to Sept. 25 in New York, U.S.

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