Zim journos arrested ahead of World Press Freedom Day

Freedom Network's annual report on press freedom in Pakistan

Freedom Network's annual report on press freedom in Pakistan

"I applaud all those who have been working tirelessly to uphold freedom of press". "Each time we talk about press freedom, let us also talk about an unbiased and responsible journalism which doesn't spread lies and misinformation as against its very basic principles!Let free and fair speech prevail." are some of the messages that people shared on the micro-blogging site.

Press freedom remains one of the key issues in the world as more and more governments try to push legislation that limits the media.

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 risky environments for media workers. "It is due to these countless women and men that the spirit of a free press is significantly enhanced", wrote the PM.

Each of his tweets ended with the hashtag #WorldPressFreedomDay.

The report which takes into account findings of the Freedom Network Press Freedom Barometer 2018 over the course of May 1, 2017, to April 1, 2018, that at least 157 cases of attacks and violations were documented across all four provinces, Islamabad and tribal areas.

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Afghan journalists said there were not enough measures taken by the government to ensure their safety in a country that in 2017 was ranked as the third most unsafe country in the world for journalists by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Eritrea has the poorest showing among African countries while North Korea is last on the global ranking.

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.

The celebration of this 2018 is also framed in a year of celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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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