Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Islamabad Police, journalists clash at World Press Freedom Day rally

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It also condemned the crackdown on the digital expression of journalists and political workers through direct and indirect means and calls for reforms in the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016, and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). India's ranking in the Press Freedom Index has fallen two places to 138, a watchdog said in April in an annual report, blaming "physical violence" against journalists like Gauri Lankesh as the key reason behind the country's low ranking.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO will celebrate this year's World Press Freedom Day with the Government of Ghana in Accra.

Modi applauded all those who have been working tirelessly to uphold the freedom of the press.

"We firmly believe that the only check on power, is holding truth to its functions; its motives; and to ensure that justice served is truly and rightfully delivered". In the corresponding period previous year, it was 28.

"Working in some of the most hard conditions, they have faced threats, intimidation and violence for simply doing their jobs". "We urge the Somali authorities, both at federal and state levels, to end the culture of targeting journalists and media personel with impunity".

File: Black Friday Protest for press freedom.


"You don't measure press freedom with isolated incidences of journalist clashing with security personnel".

Ofwono Opondo, the government spokesman, said the liberalization of the media that allowed several private players in the sector since the early 1990's is an acknowledgement of the role of media.

The 2018 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders ahead of the May 3 commemoration, showed that Uganda moved down five places from the previous year to 117 out of 180 countries.

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

Ugandan journalists have continued to suffer at the hands of the brutal police and a string of oppressive laws that has narrowed down the media space in the country. From worldwide broadcasters that bring the world into our homes, to local newspapers that empower us to shape the communities we live in - we know that a free press helps build stronger and healthier societies.

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