May 10, 2005 - Updated on January 20, 2016

Taiwanese journalists refused accreditation for WHO annual conference

Reporters Without Borders has challenged the UN's decision to refuse accreditation to Taiwanese journalists to cover the World Health Organisation (WHO) conference being held in Geneva from 16-25 May.

The UN has justified its decision by pointing out that Taiwan is not a member state recognised by the UN General Assembly.

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

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