President Tsai Ing-wen met with a delegation from Reporters Without Borders (RWB) in Taiwan on Monday. The organization is set to open its first Asian office on Tuesday in Taipei.
President Tsai said that Reporters Without Borders ranked Taiwan 45th in the world, and 1st in Asia, in press freedom. She said that shows Taiwan’s commitment to freedom of speech and the press. When the organization announced back in April that it would set up its first Asia office in Taiwan, Tsai called it an affirmation of Taiwan’s commitment to freedom of the press.
President Tsai said that Taiwan has a lot of assets that make it a great hub for reporters. They include a very active civic society, a free Internet, talented people, a comfortable environment, and great local food. The president said she hopes the new office can set a great precedent.
"I believe that Reporters Without Borders setting up office in Taiwan will enable the people of Taiwan to give more attention to the issue of press freedom," said Tsai. "Taiwan’s civic society will become an integral force in the global movement toward freedom of the press. We hope that this mode of cooperation can attract more non-governmental organizations to set up office in Taiwan. This would help strengthen Taiwan’s international ties and enable it to make a greater contribution to the world."
President Tsai wished the organization success in setting up its office on Tuesday.
Reporters Without Borders, is a non-governmental organization established in 1985. It serves as a consultant to the United Nations and its educational, science and cultural organizations, and to the European Parliament. Its headquarters is located in Paris and it has 11 offices around the world and representatives in 130 countries.