World Press Freedom Day rally in Kathmandu

May 03, 2018, 13:31
World Press Freedom Day rally in Kathmandu

According to the findings of this report, Kosovo continues to suffer from a high level of corruption, problems with the rule of law and the freedom of media. The theme also aims to explore legislative gaps with regard to freedom of expression and online information, and the risks of regulating online speech.

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

"We firmly believe that the only check on power, is holding truth to its functions; its motives; and to ensure that justice served is truly and rightfully delivered". Too often, they lose their security, their jobs, their freedom, wellbeing and even their lives in doing so.

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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. Said Mr. Gianluca Rampolla, UN Resident Coordinator in Papua New Guinea.

"It's inspiring to see this common effort to promote the fundamentals of press freedom at a time when we need it most", he added.

In a statement, PEC said it "deplored the dramatic increase in media victims as the world celebrates World Press Freedom Day tomorrow, Thursday 3 May 2018", adding that the number of journalists killed from January to April has soared by 57 percent from the same period a year ago. It is crucial to building transparent and democratic societies and keeping those in power accountable. Their service to the public is invaluable.

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"It is with this understanding, current and past executives of the Media Association have called for further consultation on the Cyber Crime Bill and all new legislation or amendments which have the potential to criminalise professional journalists working in the public interest".

The freedom of expression was enshrined as a human right under the Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On this day, UNESCO also holds a prize ceremony and grants Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to the exceptional journalists, and their work, which has made a significant impact on the world.

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