May 3 is World Press Freedom Day


Kenya Editors Guild Chairman Churchil Otieno (left) addressing a press conference in Nairobi alongside Secretary Christine Nguku (centre) and Secretary-Training and Innovation George Nyabuga ahead of the World Press Freedom Day.

Media workers from Tolo News, 1TV, Radio Free Europe and Mashal TV were also among the dead in Kabul.

In a joint declaration to mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, they emphasise the essential role of independent media in democratic societies, and express grave concern about physical attacks on journalists, as well as surveillance, marginalization and squeezing out of independent outlets around the world.

World press day is celebrated in India by educating the general public about media and the means of communication.

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On the global front, the theme of the 2018 celebration highlights the importance of an enabling legal environment for press freedom, and gives special attention to the role of an independent judiciary in ensuring legal guarantees for press freedom and the prosecution of crimes against journalists. Today on World Press Freedom Day, let us reaffirm our commitment towards steadfastly supporting a free press. "And the constitution, in chapter 12, which is dedicated to the freedom and independence of the media, is very clear and removes the control or management of the media completely from the government and from the executive to an independent media commission and this is critical", he said. In doing so, journalists foster strengthened transparency, accountability and the rule of law. They share stories that offer hope for our future.

Former FNJ President Taranath Dahal noted the growing impunity in the backdrop of the failure to bring into justice those who attack journalists. 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. At least three journalists were murdered in connection with their work.

Professor Greste said the Press Freedom Medal was a great personal honour.

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".