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Press Freedom Day being observed today

03 May 2018

In statements to mark World Press Freedom Day yesterday, various organisations challenged the government to do more to safeguard journalists.

The UNESCO Deputy Director General said: "We all agree there is no democracy without free expression and there is no development without democracy".

Afghanistan's slain journalists were remembered on World Press Freedom Day Thursday, days after the deadliest attack on the country's media since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic ahead of the celebration, the chairman of the National Media Commission, (NMC) Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, said: "The 1992 Constitution has been the game-changer".

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Meanwhile Naija News recalls that Afghanistan was past year ranked the third most unsafe country in the world for journalists by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

"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. I would add that this serious situation obliges us to reflect on the role we play in the defense of freedom of expression and of the press.

Former FNJ President Taranath Dahal noted the growing impunity in the backdrop of the failure to bring into justice those who attack journalists.

Mr Omwoyo also took issue with the formation of the Government Advertising Agency as the sole media-buying agency for the entire public sector.

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Making the commentary as it released its annual World Press Freedom Index, the RSF ranked Fiji 57 out of 180 countries, an improvement of 10 points from 2017 when Fiji was ranked 67.

The report revealed that the media freedom status in the country is largely unfree with constant persecution of the journalists from different quarters. "This award is a chance to keep reminding people why press freedom matters", he said.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, David Kaye, and rights experts from around the world have joined forces to highlight growing threats to media independence and diversity worldwide, particularly those affecting digital outlets.

An individual, organisation or institution is honoured each year with the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize for contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world.

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Press Freedom Day being observed today