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Foreign Minister David Tawei Lee Meets Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Honorary Director of Reporters Sans Frontieres, and Mr. Christophe Deloire, Secretary General
Foreign Minister David Tawei Lee met Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Honorary Director of Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF); and Mr. Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of RSF; Wu'erkaixi (Örkesh Dölet), Honorary Director of RSF; and Mr. Cédric Alviani, CEO of RSF Taipei on July 17. They exchanged views on freedom of the press and human rights. 
 
Minister Lee emphasized that freedom of speech and the press is the fundamental of democracy. He welcomed RSF set up the first Asian base in Taiwan. The move demonstrates the recognition of Taiwan's development of democracy and freedom of the press, and has an extraordinary significance. Minister Lee said the Foreign Ministry is willing to provide necessary assistance to RSF Taipei.
 
Dr. Ebadi stated that she felt honored to have the opportunity to visit Taiwan and to witness Taiwan's dynamic democratic system and attention to safeguard human rights and the freedom of the press. Those conditions make Taiwan an ideal base of RSF. She also expressed deep thanks to the government of the ROC (Taiwan) for helping RSF set up its office in Taipei. Dr. Ebadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 to highlight her promotion of women's and children's rights and interests in Iraq. 
 
RSF is a non-government organization dedicated to protect reporters from being persecuted and the freedom of the press. Each year the NGO publicizes the ranking of nations according to the state of freedom of the press of each country. According to 2017 World Press Freedom Index, Taiwan ranked the first in Asia and the 45th in the world. On April 7, RSF announced the establishment of its office in Taipei -- the first office in Asia. 
 
 
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