World Press Freedom Day highlights fighting for justice

Hugh Fox
May 3, 2018

"It is the multiplicity of ideas and human expression that makes us more vibrant as a society", the Prime Minister tweeted.

"While in Canada we recognize freedom of the press as a fundamental freedom, many journalists working in other areas around the world face threats and dangers in their mission to inform the public".

Today we reaffirm EU's determination to keep protecting and promoting freedom of opinion and of expression as rights to be exercised by everyone everywhere, based on the principles of equality, non-discrimination and universality, through any media, within our borders and beyond.

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He added: "Our safe and reliable operations and strong financial delivery have continued into 2018". Payments are expected to be just over $3 billion in 2018, weighted to the first half of the year.

Marking World Press Freedom Day, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating, today commended the courage and dedication of the country's journalists who operate in one of the world's most unsafe environments for media workers. It is due to these countless women and men that the spirit of a free press is significantly enhanced.

According to the NGE, the 2018 edition calls for sober reflection as it also affords practitioners the opportunity to assess the state of press freedom and state of the media in the country.

The Human Rights Network for Journalists in Uganda (HRNJ-U) Press Freedom Index Report also issued ahead of the commemoration, showed that in 2017, there were 113 violations against journalists involving both state and non-state actors.

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Its 2018 list is again topped by Norway.

"On this World Press Freedom Day, those involved in the negative antics should reflect and ponder on how some countries have been thrown into tailspin by irresponsible use of the media". North Korea secured the last spot at 180.

"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". The prize is named after Guillermo Cano Isaza, a Colombian journalist assassinated on 17 December 1986 by Colombia's cartels for writing against them.

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