It's World Press Freedom day

Freedom Network's annual report on press freedom in Pakistan

Freedom Network's annual report on press freedom in Pakistan

"We join all well-meaning organisations, such as the United Nations (UN) to call on the government to create an enabling legal environment for press freedom".

"Many praise to the Somali media as we mark the World Press Freedom Day".

Bamu said the journalists deny the charges.

President Uhuru Kenyatta administration has been categorical that it champions for media freedom in the country and following the switch off it came out strongly defending its action saying that it was necessary at the time.

On Monday, three attacks in Afghanistan killed over 40 people, including 10 journalists, in one of the deadliest strikes on the country's media since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. The cost of production materials is having a devastating effect on daily operations and the survival of the Media in general.

"Journalists and media workers shine a light on local and global challenges and tell the stories that need to be told".

Interestingly, it was on May 3 that Windhoek Declaration, a statement of principles that advocate free press put together by African newspaper journalists, was declared in 1991. However, they still have a long way to go in achieving the fundamental elements of press freedom.

"On behalf of Canadians, I thank all the journalists in this country and around the world who seek out truth, unravel fact from fiction, bring clarity and fairness to public debate, and encourage us to open ourselves to new perspectives".

"We must not allow agents of retrogression to use our platforms to preach hate and extremism under the guise of free speech".

The report includes the killing of 9 journalists, 16 libel cases, 14 cases of online harassment, 11 death threats, 6 slay attempts, 6 cases of harassment, 5 cases of intimidation, 4 cases of website attack, revoked registration or denied franchise renewal, verbal abuse, strafing, and police surveillance of journalists and media agencies.

Opondo, who represented Frank Tumwebaze, minister of information, said the media holds those in leadership accountable and also cements democracy.

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