There's Not Much to Celebrate on World Press Freedom Day

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In the past 16 months, 54 attacks on journalists were reported in the media, says a compilation on press freedom by a media watchdog, The Hoot; indicating the dangers to investigative journalism.

It observed that in some of the Islands, political parties even own or have major shares in media companies, compromising journalistic independence. Because the circumstances that breed impunity remain, the drop in journalist killings a year ago could be a mere pause in what has become a habit of permanently silencing critical reporting and commentary.

Reporters Without Borders, a non-profit organization with the mission to safeguard the freedom of information globally, released its 2017 World Press Freedom Index on May 3rd, which ranks countries on the level of freedom available to the media. "I call on every Afghan to stand with the courageous men and women of the media and recognize their many contributions to democracy and civil society in Afghanistan", he said.

The publishers of the 2017 World Press Freedom Index wrote that the document reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise. "We will go to any length to protect the freedom of expression and speech if the government takes any action against the Dawn newspaper, its editor or reporter", said PFUJ President Afzal Butt, addressing a gathering of journalists who had assembled outside Dawn offices to express solidarity with their colleagues.

"This vague and disproportionate directive immediately reminded the media and citizen journalists of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's censorship methods", said RSF.

The country's media community, led by MISA-Malawi, this year will commemorate the day this coming Saturday, in the objective of having as many media professionals and paraprofessionals as possible, participate in the event.

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Freedom of the press is a prerequisite for any flourishing democracy.

To the Cameroon Journalist Trade union, disunity amongst professionals has increased the cacophony and lack of professional ethics inherent in the media sphere today.

According to Guterres, everyone must support the right to the truth.

"Vitriolic attacks on individual journalists and news outlets in the United States undermine our democracy's status as a model of press freedom", Abramowitz said.

According to Unesco director general Irina Bokova, this year's theme, "Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media's Role in Advancing Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies", is on point with the current climate surrounding the media. The country India has, in fact, gone down from the previous year's 133rd position.

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