The Association of European Journalists adopted a resolution Sunday calling for the United Nations to stop preventing Taiwan journalists from covering the news at U.N. institutions, particularly the activities of the World Health Organization.
The association passed the resolution in its 44th General Assembly and Congress which is being held in Patras, Greece December 1-5.
In the resolution, the association said that the U.N. authorities handling media affairs have no right to arbitrarily treat different media organizations differently or to decide which media organizations are allowed to cover U.N. institutions’ activities.
“Adopting discriminating measures goes against the U.N.'s principle of protecting freedom of the press,”the resolution says.
The association, which was founded in 1961 and which consists of 22 national sections each separately established in different countries in Europe, also said in the resolution it was shocked that Taiwanese journalists were refused permission by the U.N. to cover last year's annual meeting of the World Health Assembly, the highest decision-making body of the WHO.
Stressing that the European Union has never taken a prejudiced stance in its treatment of professional journalists, the association urged the leading international organization not to adopt a double-standard in issuing press cards.