Apr 27, 2012, 1:56 PM
Foreign Minister Timothy Yang drew a sharp contrast Saturday between
Addressing more than 200 guests and senior media executives from some 40 countries at the 2011 International Press Institute (IPI) Congress welcome dinner, Yang said freedom of the press varies greatly in
He said that while
“Asian democracies like
Yang praised the IPI’s mission of defending freedom of the press, and noted that in some parts of the world, journalists are still being persecuted for their reporting.
However, with the help of advanced communications technology like smartphones, people are becoming more media knowledgeable, and that in turn is pushing freedom of speech, he said, citing the recent so-called Jasmine Revolution, as an example.
“One would hope that this is a trend difficult to stop, which bodes well for the increased uptake of participatory democracy, greater respect for human rights and more transparent governments,” he said.
Founded in 1950, the IPI is a Vienna-based press freedom organization.
ROC President Ma Ying-jeou and Premier Wu Den-yih will give opening and closing remarks, respectively, he said.
Founded in 1950, the Vienna-based IPI is a global organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of press freedom, with members in more than 120 countries.