President Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan aims to push for media freedom in the international community. Tsai’s pre-recorded speech was shown at the opening of the 2022 Taiwan Forum and AIB awards in London. The events were co-hosted by Radio Taiwan International and the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) on Friday.
Tsai began her speech by thanking the AIB for partnering with RTI to recognize the important work done by media organizations and journalists around the world this past year. She said the spread of authoritarianism, false information, and the suppression of media freedom have placed an unprecedented burden on journalists. Tsai said the AIB nominations reflect the many challenges facing the world today, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the Ukraine War. The president said everyone must work together to defend press freedom and make society more resilient to authoritarian influence.
Tsai said that Taiwan has established a new Ministry of Digital Affairs to further enhance media literacy and improve national information security. She is pleased to see government measures to strengthen transparency, fact-checking, and media participation bringing tangible help to the public. The president said she is glad to see discussions of topics related to Taiwan being held at the AIB event.
Tsai noted that Taiwan has a vibrant media environment and is rated by Reporters Without Borders as one of the freest countries in Asia. She said she hopes to see more and more international media stationed in Taiwan.