Number of journalists killed in 2018 up by 57 per cent

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Kenya Editors Guild Chairman Churchil Otieno (left) addressing a press conference in Nairobi alongside Secretary Christine Nguku (centre) and Secretary-Training and Innovation George Nyabuga ahead of the World Press Freedom Day. Names are submitted by regional and global non-governmental organisations working for press freedom, and by UNESCO member states.

A rally was organised Thursday morning in Kathmandu to mark the World Press Freedom Day 2018.

MEDIA rights lobby groups have called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government to craft laws that guarantee media freedom and protect journalists in the course of their duties, particularly ahead of this year's general elections.

Taking to social media to convey his greetings and appreciation, the PM posted three tweets from his official Twitter handle in which he underlined the importance of free press, applauded those who work to ensure its freedom, and appreciate the proactive role of social media in safeguarding the independence.

Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, the Minister of Information, reiterated that to further empower citizens, media and civil societies, the Government was going to provide the needed support to Parliament to pass the Right to Information Bill.

"I congratulate Peter and hope his presence at UQ will infuse similar courage in journalists of the future", he said. They are also known to go in territories with heavy military control, and where the government can't have a spokesperson, only to bring us the most up-to-date news and information about what if happening around in the world and around us.

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While there exist functional democracies in many of our countries, there also proliferate restrictions on the work of journalists.

From May 2017 to date, there have been murdered 23 journalists in Brazil, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, who were practicing their profession on digital media, in newspapers, on television and radio.

The World Press Freedom Day was first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993.

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

Today is World Press Freedom Day, a day to celebrate the fundamental human rights of freedom of expression and access to information.