Rally held to mark World Press Freedom Day

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03 May, 2018

Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, speaker of the Wolesi Jiga (lower house), asked parliamentarians to swiftly come up with a draft law to regulate the appointment of journalists, their rights and safety.

It also listed countries that have been the most risky for journalists by the number of deaths in 2018.

We are eagerly awaiting a ruling by the Inter-American Human Rights Court in the case of Colombian journalist Nelson Carvajal, murdered 20 years ago.

The rank is an indication of how free journalists are to do their work in the 180 countries.

Modi applauded all those who have been working tirelessly to uphold the freedom of the press.

On this day, set up a quarter of a century ago to pay tribute to reporters who've died exercising their profession, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls on governments to strengthen press freedom, and to protect journalists.

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However, Fiji's chair of the media regulatory authority, Ashwin Raj cautioned the interpretation of the new rankings saying, "The issue of political bias must not be confused and equated with press freedom". Trump routinely uses the term "fake news" when discussing reports by the media.

World Press Freedom Day is annually observed on May 3 to inform all that freedom of press and freedom of expression are fundamental human rights.

The World Press Freedom Day was first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993.

The three-day global event, which is on the theme; "Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law", is being organised by the UNESCO in collaboration with the Government of Ghana. When supported, the free press has the potential to quicken the development of society. The Day will also examine contemporary challenges of ensuring press freedom online. Names are submitted by regional and worldwide non-governmental organisations working for press freedom, and by UNESCO member states.

She added, "Any State under the rule of law that respects individual freedoms, and particularly the freedoms of opinion, conscience and expression, relies on a free, independent press that is safe from censorship or coercion".


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