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Reporters Without Borders, wary of Beijing, opens in Taipei

International journalists' group condemns China over Liu Xiaobo death

Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire (left), with 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi (center), and Chinese dissident Wu'er Kaixi (right). They jointly condemned China’s failure to improve freedom of speech. (Photo by Cheng Ting-fang)

TAIPEI -- The head of Reporters Without Borders said on Tuesday it had chosen Taipei rather than Hong Kong for its main Asian office to avoid interference and surveillance from Beijing, and hoped its team could work more safely from there. The international non-governmental organization, known by its French initials as RSF, defends and promotes media freedom.

"We consider there are risks of surveillance [from China] if we build our team in Hong Kong, but not in Taipei ... we decided to open the office in Taipei because the situation is much better here regarding legal and safety perspectives," said Christophe Deloire, RSF secretary-general, at a press conference in Taipei.

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