Taiwan: Presidential Office curbs foreign press

The Far-Eastern Sweet Potato writes that the Presidential Office has excluded foreign reporters from monthly briefings on ECFA. The post includes a letter of protest from the President of the Taiwan Foreign Correspondents’ Club to the Presidential Office.

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  • The Far-Eastern Sweet Potato has a follow up post today which gives some explanation of the reasons for what happened.

    In an e-mail to the Taipei Times, Taiwan Foreign Correspondents’ Club (TFCC) president Robin Kwong (鄺彥暉) said that after receiving a complaint letter from the TFCC, the Presidential Office told him that the meeting was intended as a “gathering between the president and the local journalists’ association” and was not a press event.

    “It was therefore not open to not just foreign media, but also local media who were not members of the journalists’ association,” Kwong said.

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