UN SG exhorts leaders to strengthen press freedom, protect journalists

03 May, 2018, 20:16 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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Both leaders used their social media handles to make their views known.

Press freedom remains one of the key issues in the world as more and more governments try to push legislation that limits the media.

Disinformation, slander and lies for selfish gains, have eclipsed the dissemination of real news.

"It is the multiplicity of ideas and human expression that makes us more vibrant as a society", he pointed out. You've shown resilience and commitment to your work, even under tough circumstances.

The CMFR called on other journalists to unite, in order to keep press freedom alive. Somali journalists have often been shot dead by militants operating in parts of the Horn of Africa nation.

The violations range from assault, denial of access to news scenes, malicious damage of journalists' equipment, abduction, as well as unlawful arrests and detention.


The UN Special Representative urged members of the Federal Parliament to resume their deliberations over an amended version of Somalia's 2016 Media Law and give due consideration to a list of recommended changes to the law submitted by the country's leading media associations a year ago.

President Uhuru Kenyatta administration has been categorical that it champions for media freedom in the country and following the switch off it came out strongly defending its action saying that it was necessary at the time.

The world is celebrating World Press freedom day.

"It is important to call the attention of all on a day like this that a nation whose economy does not and can not support the economy of its media industry can not thumb its chest that its press is free".

It also presents an opportunity to empathise and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the course of performing their constitutional responsibility, as well as those in different prisons all over the world.

"The 2018 theme of WPFD is "Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law", covering issues of media and the transparency of the political process, the independence and media literacy of the judicial system, and the accountability of state institutions towards the public". "It is vital for sustainable development".

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