Well, the accuracy of the press release would be enhanced if it
mentioned the support China received from over a dozen other countries.
This isn't just my opinion:
Congratulations on the ECOSOC accreditation.
On Mon, Jul 25, 2022 at 1:36 PM Jan Gerlach <jgerlach(a)wikimedia.org>
China was in fact the only country to oppose the Wikimedia chapters'
request for observer status. Other countries for political or unknown
reasons may have aligned with China's position on process, but no country
besides China unilaterally or independently opposed the Wikimedia chapters'
Relatedly, you may have seen that the Wikimedia Foundation just
obtained accreditation at the UN's Economic and Social Affairs Council
where a similar situation was unblocked by a vote of the member countries:
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Andreas Kolbe <jayen466(a)gmail.com> schrieb am Fr., 22. Juli 2022,
> Dear all,
> A week ago, the WMF issued a press release, "Seven Wikimedia chapters
> rejected as permanent observers to the World Intellectual Property
> Organization (WIPO)":
> This stated, in part, "China was the only country to oppose the
> Wikimedia chapters’ request for observer status, again, claiming that
> chapters were complicit in spreading disinformation and are subsidiaries of
> the Wikimedia Foundation. These statements are unfounded and misrepresent
> Wikipedia’s model which prioritizes accuracy, neutrality, as well as the
> fact that the chapters are completely autonomous."
> About a week ago, I had seen and retweeted a Twitter thread by
> James Love, the Director of Knowledge Ecology International, listing a
> whole litany of countries that had supported China's position.
> I checked the webcast of the July 15 WIPO proceedings today, and
> there were over a dozen countries – Russia, Belarus, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan,
> Tajikistan, Iran, Syria, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, Cuba, Bolivia,
> Venezuela, North Korea – that took the floor to support and endorse China's
> position – more, in fact, than took the floor to support the chapters'
> Would it be possible to amend the press release accordingly?
>  https://twitter.com/jamie_love/status/1550520525180518400
>  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Love_(NGO_director)
>  Available here: https://webcast.wipo.int/
(afternoon session of
> July 15, part 6. Admission of Observers)
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