UQ media freedom-fighter honoured

Freedom Network's annual report on press freedom in Pakistan

Freedom Network's annual report on press freedom in Pakistan

The UN chief stated that laws that protect independent journalism, freedom of expression and the right to information need to be adopted, implemented and enforced. This role of the press as a medium of mass education is a necessary criteria for a balanced democracy.

Delivering the Special Guest of Honour's address at the UNESCO/ Guillermo Cano Prize Ceremony and Gala Dinner of the "World Press Freedom Day 2018", held at the Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City, President Akufo-Addo condemned all forms of attacks on Journalists while in their line of duty.

Professor Greste was one of two medal recipients, with International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) Director Gerard Ryle honoured for leading a collaborative investigative journalism network encompassing more than 200 journalists and 100 media organisations in 70 countries.

But an access to information law, which will enable journalists and the general public to get information needs to be rolled out, said chairperson on Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi chapter.

Modi applauded all those who have been working tirelessly to uphold the freedom of the press. "And the constitution, in chapter 12, which is dedicated to the freedom and independence of the media, is very clear and removes the control or management of the media completely from the government and from the executive to an independent media commission and this is critical", he said. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.

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Press Council Chair Neville Stevens said the selection committee agreed unanimously that the two recipients demonstrated all of the qualities the medals were meant to celebrate.

It has assembled more than 700 leading actors from the media, civil society, policy makers, representatives of the judiciary, and academia to discuss latest developments and pressing challenges related to press freedom and the safety of journalists. Press freedom plays a crucial role in promoting good governance, transparency, and accountability.

The World Press Freedom Day was first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said the attack demonstrated the "persistence of a culture of impunity" in the Philippines, where media workers were often targeted by powerful interests.

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