Thursday, May 11, 2006

Does press freedom exist in UN?

The following is taken from the International Federation of Journalists, 10 May 2006:


Finally, the IFJ has again protested over the questionable UN policy of banning Taiwanese journalists from the UN’s Geneva venue for the annual World Health Assembly which opens on May 22. The IFJ is asking Kofi Annan to review the policy which excludes health journalists from Taiwan from reporting “on one of the world’s premier news events.” The IFJ says that the policy banning Taiwan journalists is not based upon clear resolutions of the General Assembly and appears to be politically-motivated.

“It is impossible not to conclude that this policy is political discrimination against independent, professional journalists and is unworthy of a global institution that stands for free speech and independent journalism,” says the IFJ.

The IFJ says that it fully supports its member organisation in Taiwan, the Taiwan Journalists Association, in their protests over the ban. “This is a policy that should be reviewed immediately,” says the IFJ. “On all of these issues we urge that you take steps to clarify the role and responsibility of the UN; by doing so you will maintain the credibility and standing of the UN and its role in the global fight for press freedom.”


Anonymous lazydude said...

Wow... I've always known that Taiwan is banned from participating in International conferences, but banning Taiwan journalists too? Wow..

I think they've definitely gone overboard with this...

11:50 AM  
Blogger mah29001 said...

It's sicken to see people like Bevin Chu refer Taiwan to be a "totalitarian" regime while the United Nations even rejects Taiwan to even be a member of it. Unbelievable. This is the same U.N. that has Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Russia and China in its Human Rights Committee and Iran on its Nuke Disarmament Committee.

What a joke. I say to Taiwan and to any other nation that is looked down by the U.N., U.N. is a bad idea and is a corrupt organization.

8:48 AM  

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