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UPNG celebrates Media Freedom Day

UPNG celebrates Media Freedom Day

On World Press Day, South Africa ranks third among Africa nations on the media freedom barometer.

The theme for 2018's World Press Freedom Day is "Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law" which highlights the importance of an enabling legal environment for the press to operate freely. The rally started from Babarmahal and converged into a corner meeting at New Baneshwar, according to a report in The Himalayan Times.

She said Development in technology especially with the use of social media have unfortunately amplified the catch call "Fakenews" by people who would not have a free and critical media, reporting nothing but the truth.

The European Union is founded on the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, on free and pluralistic media as enshrined in the EU's fundamental rights charter. Independent journalism is vital to hold states accountable and to monitor democratic processes.

Reporters Without Borders cited those concerns in its own annual press freedom rankings last week as it dropped the United States down two spots.

"Despite the risks, they stand firm together, determined never to be cowed by terrorists", he said in the statement.

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However, she struck a note of caution saying, "Freedom of the press, like any other freedom, is never completely secure".

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.

In a release, MATT noted Reporters Without Borders or Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), an global 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.

Although the day presents an opportunity to celebrate independent journalism and reflect on the challenges journalists and media institutions continue to face in the course of their work, there is need to build on the gains made and seek remedies for challenges.

Article 19 joined with the Committee to Protect Journalists, International Freedom of Expression Exchange, International Press Institute, Index on Censorship and Reporters Without Borders to interview US journalists.

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