Cameroon, Somalia presidents speak on World Press Freedom Day

Cameroon, Somalia presidents speak on World Press Freedom Day

Cameroon, Somalia presidents speak on World Press Freedom Day

Earlier today, the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) organised a rally to mark the day under the banner 'Observation of Power: Media, Justice and Rule of Law.' The rally started at Babarmahal before converging into a corner meeting at New Baneshwor, this morning.

In a statement commemorating World Press Freedom Day on Thursday May 3, MATT said of significant note is the fact that Trinidad and Tobago dropped several places on the World Press Freedom Index, placing 39 out of 180 countries.

"I applaud all those who have been working tirelessly to uphold freedom of the press".

The 2018 Theme is: 'Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law.' According to the United Nations, the theme of the 2018 celebration highlights the importance of an enabling legal environment for press freedom, and gives special attention to the role of an independent judiciary in ensuring legal guarantees for press freedom and the prosecution of crimes against journalists.

UNSOM and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will issue a public report later this year that details the continuing restrictions on press freedoms in Somalia since they jointly published a 2016 report on the right to freedom of expression. The latest battle has been the approval of the amendment of the existing Film and Publications Act of 1996.

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"Canada will always defend journalistic freedom and stand against any violence, intimidation, censorship, and false arrests used to silence journalists".

"On the legislative side, we have done our part".

"We have no other country than Nigeria and what we make of it is what we get".

"It is important to call the attention of all on a day like this that a nation whose economy does not and can not support the economy of its media industry can not thumb its chest that its press is free".

According to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), there have been 32 journalist deaths in 2018. Independent journalism is vital to hold states accountable and to monitor democratic processes.

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