International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the largest global union federation of journalists’ trade unions in the world, is going to hold the convention in Taiwan for the first time. There will be over 40 members arriving Taiwan, and hold a international press conference this Friday, announcing IFJ’S report about current situation of speech freedom in the Asia-Pacific region.
Founded in Paris in 1926, the IFJ represents around 600,000 members in more than 100 countries, and it is also one of the UNESCO’s partner organizations. As the official membership, The Association of Taiwan Journalists will arrange the annual sessions in Taiwan. The Association of Taiwan Journalists noted that both of IFJ Excom Meeting and Annual General Meeting will take place in Taipei this time, and senior journalists and officials of press unions from more than 20 countries will attend.
This Friday, the international press conference will be held in Yi-Gwang Building, Taipei, and the president and secretary general of IFJ will attend. The conference is going to be aimed at recent situation of freedom of speech and press in Southeast Asia, inviting Taiwanese reporters and foreign correspondents stationed in Taiwan to discuss and concern the issues of rights of media work.
The Reporters Without Borders (RSF) recently has released 2018 World Press Freedom Index in which Taiwan ranked the 42nd, and is still the best among Asian countries. The consultant of The Association of Taiwan Journalists told CNA that IFJ normally holds the sessions in Brussels, Belgium. As IFJ attaches more and more importance to the development of Asian news; in addition, Taiwan is also one of their allies, this time IFJ decided to set the annual meetings in Taiwan.
The Association of Taiwan Journalists also noted that during the convention, commission will resolve important issues and administrative affairs of the federation. Besides, the members will discuss current status of press freedom and journalist personal safety in various regions of the world, especially in Southeast Asia, proposing the strategic plan.