Taipei, The representative offices in Taiwan of the United Kingdom and Canada called on people Friday to join a global campaign to defend freedom of the press that they launched to mark World Press Freedom Day on May 3.
The British Office Taipei and the Canadian Trade Office simultaneously released a video on their Facebook pages Friday, in which their de facto ambassadors to Taiwan invited people to share the video post or reply to the post with support for #WorldPressFreedomDay and #DefendMediaFreedom.
In the video, British Office Taipei Representative Catherine Nettleton said in Mandarin that the U.K. and Canada jointly launched the global movement to raise awareness of media being abused by people, resulting in harm to others.
Also speaking in Mandarin, Jordan Reeves, head of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, urged people to join hands to defend open society and freedom of speech.
"We support the freedom of the press," they both said together at the end of the video.
The offices, which represent their nations' interests in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic links with Taipei, also released another post on their Facebook pages in which they invited journalists of local media outlets, including CNA, to step forward in support of freedom of speech.
The campaign is part of the British and Canadian governments' #DefendMediaFreedom program aimed at exposing media abuse and the damage it does.
Under the program the British government has appointed Amal Clooney, an international human rights lawyer, to act as the foreign secretary's special envoy on media freedom.
In 1993, the United Nations designated May 3 as World Press Freedom Day to honor the freedom of the press, defend media independence, and pay respect to the journalists killed over their reporting.
Meanwhile, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted Friday a request asking U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to issue press passes to Taiwanese media, which can get accreditation at the world body.
"The freedom of the press is the hallmark of Taiwan democracy," which should be regarded as a paragon for other countries, it said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel