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03 May 2018, 02:19 | Floyd Cook
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The justice system in this case could give rise to concrete actions that should be taken by all the governments of the region to protect the lives of journalists and consequently the public's right to information.
Ghana's current high ranking in media freedom has been attributed to provisions in the 1992 Constitution which speak to freedom of the press.
Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the 25th WorldPress Freedom Day quoted Thomas Jefferson in her message saying, "Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that can not be limited without being lost".
The relation between independent media and rule of law is mutually reinforcing.
While there exist functional democracies in many of our countries, there also proliferate restrictions on the work of journalists.
Internationally acclaimed journalist Peter Greste has been awarded an Australian Press Council Press Freedom Medal in Sydney today (Thursday 3 May). "Promoting a free press is standing up for our right to truth".
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the workshops, Abdulrahman bin Nasser al-Obaidan, member of the executive committee and director of DCMF, said the centre was working closely with media outlets in Qatar to provide media workers in the country with professional training.
The United Nations General Assembly had declared May 3 as World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness about freedom of press. The goal is to spread awareness about the freedom of Press as also to keep the Governments reminded about the right to freedom of expression.
On the eve of the day, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu in a message on Wednesday said the World Press Freedom Day has vast significance to Bangladesh as the country was going through an unprecedented period when the mass media was flourishing and free.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said the attack demonstrated the "persistence of a culture of impunity" in the Philippines, where media workers were often targeted by powerful interests.
Special adviser to the President, Christopher Mutsvangwa, told guests at commemorations organised by the Media Institute for Southern Africa (Misa) Zimbabwe chapter that journalists must organise themselves to effectively lobby Parliament for implementation of media freedom.
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