UN SG exhorts leaders to strengthen press freedom, protect journalists

UN SG exhorts leaders to strengthen press freedom, protect journalists

UN SG exhorts leaders to strengthen press freedom, protect journalists

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". "A free press makes a stronger democracy!" Social media is being systematically used to troll, abuse and threaten media persons with women journalists being targeted with hypersexual abuse. Journalists and media workers shine a light on local and global challenges and tell the stories that need to be told.

He stated that the theme is also a reminder to those who wield power to exercise it within the confines of the rule of law, and refrain from violating human rights such as suppressing press freedom.

A function in connection with the day is to be held in Islamabad under the auspices of UNESCO.

A double suicide blast in Kabul on Monday, claimed by the Islamic State group, left 25 people dead including Marai and eight other journalists, while a BBC reporter was killed in a separate attack in eastern Khost province.

"Afghan journalists who work in an increasingly hostile environment deserve more support and protection", said Lotfullah Najafizada, director of Tolo News.

Babar said the state should realise the dangers posed by the suppression of dissent and move to resolve the grievances of its citizens. UNESCO serves as an organising partner to keep the freedom of expression intact.

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"There should be no compromise on the respect and dignity of the press", Chohan said. They are also known to go in territories with heavy military control, and where the government can't have a spokesperson, only to bring us the most up-to-date news and information about what if happening around in the world and around us.

With his party often targetting particular media channels, Chohan stressed that journalists should consider the national interest in pursuit of their professional duties.

"The physical violence against journalists is largely responsible for India's low ranking".

The report revealed that the media freedom status in the country is largely unfree with constant persecution of the journalists from different quarters. He said journalists were facing unprecedented threats in reporting accurately and truthfully.

While there exist functional democracies in many of our countries, there also proliferate restrictions on the work of journalists.

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