Taipei chosen for Reporters Without Borders Asia office

The global press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders announced on Thursday the opening of its first Asian bureau in Taipei.

The Paris-based organization is also known as Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF). Wuer Kaixi, a member of RSF's emeritus board, said that RSF is the world's forefront organization in upholding freedom of press and of speech. The Chinese dissident said the biggest threat to press freedom comes from the Chinese government. Therefore, he said the board decided on opening an office in Asia and Taiwan was chosen.

Taiwan has always been the country in Asia with the best ranking in terms of global press freedom. Setting up the Asian headquarters in Taiwan thus holds significance. Taipei will play a key role in safeguarding the freedom of speech and of the press in Asia," said Wuer Kaixi.

The Taipei bureau will focus mainly on East Asia. RSF is a global non-profit organization established more than 30 years ago. It has consultant status at the United Nations. RSF has 11 offices and 130 representatives around the world.

Source: Radio Taiwan International