Taipei, Sept. 27 (CNA) The democracy in Taiwan is not only recognized around the world but also has become part of everyday life, president Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday.
Making the remark while receiving 18 guests who took part in the 2011 International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress, Ma said since the martial law was lifted in 1987, the news industry has begun to show signs of blossoming.
Twelve years later, Taiwan successfully hosted its first IPI World Congress in 1999, Ma said, adding that at that time the country had its first popularly elected president and one year later in 2000, Taiwan underwent the first transfer of presidential power to an opposition party peacefully.
For a long time, Taiwan's press freedom has maintained high ranking by Freedom House Inc., an international non-governmental organization based in the U.S,, Ma said.
Although Taiwan has achieved a second power transfer through elections, it is still a young democratic nation, which requires a lot of improvements in areas of system establishment, press freedom and social development, Ma said.
The IPI World Congress has offered a great chance for the country to know what major international media think about Taiwan and learn from them, Ma said. ( By Li Shu-hua and Maia Huang)