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Taiwanese journalists refused accreditation for WHO annual conference

(RSF/IFEX) - RSF has challenged a United Nations (UN) decision to refuse accreditation to Taiwanese journalists to cover the World Health Organisation (WHO) conference being held in Geneva from 16-25 May 2005. The UN has justified its decision by pointing out that Taiwan is not a member state recognised by the UN General Assembly.

RSF said that this step, taken chiefly for political reasons, constituted an obstacle to the right to information and press freedom. The organisation called on the UN to change its mind.

This is the second successive year that journalists from Taiwan have been refused accreditation for the conference.

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