As Kenya joins the world in marking World Press Freedom today, calls have been made for vigilance to protect hard-fought for liberties and curb censorship.
The European Union is founded on the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, on free and pluralistic media as enshrined in the EU's fundamental rights charter. In doing so, journalists foster strengthened transparency, accountability and the rule of law.
Papua New Guinea ranks 53 among 180 countries on World Press Freedom Index in 2018.
He commended the display of courage by journalists who daily challenge oppressive governments, obnoxious policies and impunity by political actors, and explained, "that the world's history is replete with inspiring stories on the doggedness of journalists, who published objective reports in defense of truth, that changed the course of history for the better, even at great personal cost".
A double suicide blast in Kabul on Monday, claimed by the Islamic State group, left 25 people dead including Marai and eight other journalists, while a BBC reporter was killed in a separate attack in eastern Khost province. They equip us with the knowledge to make decisions affecting our lives.
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Amethi MP said Modi still campaign that the Congress did not do anything in 70 years and he can change the country in 60 months. Singh also showed his concern for protecting the democracy of the nation and said, "Democracy is a gift of the Constitution".
"Despite the risks, they stand firm together, determined never to be cowed by terrorists", he said in the statement.
"He speaks out frequently and eloquently whenever necessary to remind us all of the vulnerability of journalists and of free speech, and that we must all be constantly on guard against the various threats", he said.
"The Press Council's selection committee felt that Peter's decision to use his high public profile-gained through the extreme hardships he himself endured as a prisoner in an Egyptian jail resulting from his own journalistic work-to become a defender of press freedom and the safety of journalists deserved to be recognised and rewarded".
A woman holds placards during a rally to commemorate World Press Freedom Day in Caracas, Venezuela, May 3, 2016. It is vital for sustainable development. Their service to the public is invaluable. Crimes against journalists must be prosecuted.
In a release, MATT noted Reporters Without Borders or Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), an global non-profit organisation which promotes and defends freedom of information and freedom of the press, issued its 2018 World Press Freedom Index on April 25. "I would once again like to appreciate the proactive role of everyone on social media for their commendable work towards safeguarding the freedom of press and expression", he added.