Journalists Mark World Press Freedom Day

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In deed today is the day to recognize the work of journalists around the world, Members of the press including their Editors, Public Relations practitioners as well as journalism students gathered in Port Moresby today to celebrate the occasion.

This was stated by participants of a roundtable hosted by Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD), the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) at the National Press Club (NPC) to commemorate the 2018 World Press Freedom Day.

There are many countries where freedom of the press is curtailed for various reasons, especially political ones and while the general public thinks there is enough freedom already, the press/media finds itself under pressure from different sources to stick to certain guidelines that are issued from time to time.

Afghanistan was previous year ranked the third most unsafe country in the world for journalists by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). On the other hand, the media's watchdog role is crucial to hold governments and institutions accountable. In doing so, journalists foster strengthened transparency, accountability and the rule of law.

The World Press Freedom Day is celebrated every year.

"I congratulate Peter and hope his presence at UQ will infuse similar courage in journalists of the future", he said.

"Press freedom in Ghana has come a long way but has come to stay and the government is committed to protecting it and ensuring that press freedom becomes stronger and better", he stated. We'll pose that question to a group of journalists on this episode of The Stream.

The United Nations General Assembly had declared May 3 as World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness about freedom of the press. At least three journalists were murdered in connection with their work.

According to Alh. Ngaing Demba Thomas, a free press along with an independent judiciary is essential for the protection of human rights.

Fayyazul Hassan Chohan, the information secretary for PTI, said that his party completely supports freedom of expression and freedom of the press.

That is why we have urged the governments meeting at the eighth Summit of the Americas that within the framework of the Inter-American Democratic Charter they continue to promote the return of democracy and to denounce the violation of human rights in all its dimensions.

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