Cabinet welcomes opening of RSF office in Taipei

Taipei--The Cabinet on Tuesday welcomed the opening in Taipei of the first Asian bureau of the Paris-headquartered Reporters Without Borders, also known by its French name Reporters sans FrontiAres (RSF), saying that the move is significant.

Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung extended the welcome in a statement, as RSF held a press conference at the National Central Library in Taipei to mark the opening of the Taipei bureau.

Hsu said RSF announced on April 7 -- the first Freedom of Speech Day of the Republic of China -- that it chose Taiwan to be the location of its first Asian office. "It means a lot to the ROC," he said.

RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi, a member of RSF's Emeritus Board, attended Tuesday's press conference.

President Tsai Ing-wen gave her own welcome to an RSF delegation led by Deloire a day earlier, in which she pledged the government's determination to defend the value of freedom of speech.

Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council