World Press Freedom day 2018, for the importance of press and media

Posted May 03, 2018

Since then, May 3, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.

The rally led by Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) was held under the banner "Observation of Power: Media, Justice and Rule of Law". The Australian Press Council has awarded this year's press freedom medals to journalist Peter Greste and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists director Gerard Ryle.

Afghan media outlets have condemned the government's failure to protect them, particularly at the scene of suicide attacks where secondary blasts are a constant concern. In a series of tweets, Modi said that a free Press was necessary to make a democracy stronger and applauded those working tirelessly to uphold Freedom of Press.

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His Majesty thanked journalists, media figures, writers and thinkers for their constructive role in enriching enlightenment and creativity and strengthening the knowledge society within the context of our continuous progress towards consolidating democracy and sustainable development. "We 100 per cent support that there should be no pressure, political or otherwise, on the respect, dignity and journalistic identity of Pakistani journalists". Said Mr. Gianluca Rampolla, UN Resident Coordinator in Papua New Guinea.

The World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 after the adoption of a recommendation at the 26th session of the Unesco's General Conference two years prior to that.

On the same day as the Afghan journalists were killed, Philippine radio broadcaster Edmund Sestoso was shot by assailants in the southern city of Dumaguete, said Human Rights Watch.

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It also condemned the crackdown on the digital expression of journalists and political workers through direct and indirect means and calls for reforms in the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016, and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). "Their service to the public is invaluable" he said. The reality in Cameroon is that there is no law that guarantees access to official sources or compels State officials to give information to journalists on issues of public interest when they need it.

Minister of Infomartion, Communication and ICT, Nicholous Dausi said Malawians should be "proud" that "there is an observance of freedom of the press".

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