UN urged to allow Taiwan journalists to cover WHO meet May 23, 2019 0 1181 12345 DPATaipeiReporters Without Borders (RSF) has urged the United Nations to reverse a decision to deny Taiwanese journalists access to the annual conference of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Switzerland.“RSF regrets that China’s pressure once again led Taiwanese journalists and media to be denied access to the WHA72. RSF urges the UN to reconsider their decision, as this year’s theme is entitled ‘Universal Health Coverage’,” the global press freedom watchdog said on Facebook and Twitter late on Tuesday .The 72nd World Health Assembly, which opened in Geneva on Monday, runs throughMay 28.“The fact that Taiwan reporters, including those from the Central News Agency, are denied access to the World Health Assembly just adds to the frustration experienced by the entire society in Taiwan,” Jenjey Chen, CNA editor-in-chief, told dpa.“It’s unnecessary for WHO to fear Taiwanese journalists. Instead, it should have welcomed journalists, who help spread key information about essential medicines and health,” Yuan-hui Hu, chairman of the Quality News Development Association, said.It is the third year in a row that the self-ruled democracy, which Beijing considers part of its territory, has not been invited to the annual meeting of the UN health body.Between 2008 and 2016, when China-friendly former president Ma Ying-jeou was in power, Taiwan attended as an observer. Taiwanese journalists covering the assembly were given special press accreditation. But since President Tsai Ing-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party took over in Taiwan in May 2016, it has been left out.“In our collective-panic to appease China, many seem all but eager to abandon Taiwan’s right to press freedom and restrict the island nation’s access to global institutions,” the Canadian newspaper Toronto Sun said earlier this month. RELATED ARTICLES Nine allies of Duterte among 12 newly elected senators May 23, 2019 0 916 Endangered bird returned to South Korean wild 40 years after extinction May 23, 2019 0 887 Six dead, 200 wounded in Indonesia’s post-poll riots May 23, 2019 0 385 Duterte orders tonnes of rotting garbage shipped back to Canada MANILA: President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered tonnes of garbage dumped in the Philippines years ago to be shipped back to Canada, his spokesman said on Wednesday, escalating a festering diplomatic row. Duterte’s .. North Korea hits out at ‘imbecile’ US ex-VP Biden AFP Seoul North Korean state media on Wednesday slammed former US vice president Joe Biden as an “imbecile” and a “fool of low IQ” after he criticised leader Kim Jong-un. Biden, who served two terms as President Barack .. Australian PM meets with C bank chief as stimulus calls grow SYDNEY: Prime Minister Scott Morrison meet with the country’s central bank chief on Wednesday to discuss the nation’s slowing economy as pressure grows for urgent fiscal stimulus. The meeting with Reserve Bank of ..