Number of journalists killed in 2018 up by 57 per cent

Posted May 03, 2018

"We are delighted to see a broad coalition of media organizations coming together in support of World Press Freedom Day, as we strongly believe the press should be at the heart of this celebration", said Berger.

This year's commemorations were held under the theme Keeping Power in Check: Media Justice and the Rule of Law. Modi also appreciated the role of active social media users who have 'helped in safeguarding the freedom of press and expression'.

His Majesty reaffirmed pride in the achievements of national aspirations in consolidating the rule of law and institutions and encouraging responsible press and media freedoms for almost two decades in line with the unprecedented support of the National Action Charter and the establishment of modern constitutional monarchy.

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"The ideal of a State under the rule of law calls for well-informed citizens, transparent political decisions, public debates on topics of common interest and a plurality of viewpoints that shapes opinions and undermines official truths and dogmatism".

It is important to note that India's rank on the World Press Freedom Index 2018 is just one place above Pakistan's. Their work to monitor and report abuses of democratic process, including corruption, is a critical contribution to upholding democracy and promoting sustainable development. Names are submitted by regional and global non-governmental organisations working for press freedom, and by UNESCO member states.

"The pressures that journalists are facing in the USA are reflective of the toxic atmosphere toward journalism being stoked by global leaders", said Jodie Ginsberg, chief executive officer of Index on Censorship.

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After the recommendation by the UNESCO general conference, this day was proclaimed as the World Press Freedom Day In December 1993 by the UN General Assembly.

"That Sestoso's murder occurred on the same day 10 journalists were killed in Afghanistan made it particularly tragic", said Carlos Conde, a researcher in the Asia division of Human Rights Watch.

In a release, MATT noted Reporters Without Borders or Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), an worldwide non-profit organisation which promotes and defends freedom of information and freedom of the press, issued its 2018 World Press Freedom Index on April 25. Laws that protect independent journalism, freedom of expression and the right to information need to be adopted, implemented and enforced.

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