South Africa in 3rd place for media freedom in Africa

Horror-struck Afghanistan media marks Press Freedom Day

Horror-struck Afghanistan media marks Press Freedom Day

This year's World Press Freedom Day theme has sparked off some interesting discussions, particularly since it came about a week after the Reporters Without Borders published its 2018 World Press Freedom Index, ranking 180 countries according to the level of Freedom available to journalists.

United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, has urged world leaders to strengthen press freedom, and protect journalists.

It is an opportunity to: celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; assess the state of press freedom throughout the world; defend the media from attacks on their independence and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

"A free press makes a stronger democracy!"

The World Press Freedom Day comes few days after the death of nine journalists and photographers in the suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan. "The government uses this power to abuse with the media", he says. The latest battle has been the approval of the amendment of the existing Film and Publications Act of 1996.

Meanwhile, China, Syria, Turkmenistan, Eritrea and North Korea have made it to the bottom-five list whereas Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland and Switzerland ranked among the top five nations in the Press Freedom index.

The statement read in part: "We are losing revenue and forced to reduce manpower".

"On behalf of Canadians, I thank all the journalists in this country and around the world who seek out truth, unravel fact from fiction, bring clarity and fairness to public debate, and encourage us to open ourselves to new perspectives".

"It is also an occasion to congratulate all journalists around the world especially those in Nigeria and indeed, Africa, on their resolve to weather the storm to remain afloat, in spite of harsh economic conditions and environment", it said.

"The media can count on us to keep our words, but we also want to be fairly reported".

Some media houses have suffered close-downs and in some cases specific programs that are considered offensive by state agencies were banned.

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