SA ranks third among African nations on media freedom

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His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday paid rich tributes to press and media professionals as the world celebrates the World Press Freedom Day today.

An attacker, disguised as a cameraman, detonated explosives at the site of the initial explosion.

On this day, UNESCO also holds a prize ceremony and grants Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to the exceptional journalists, and their work, which has made a significant impact on the world.

"This day reminds us how tough the past year was", Khenjani told AFP, adding his colleagues were heartbroken, "especially when we see the empty chairs... in our newsroom".

Professor Greste was one of two medal recipients, with International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) Director Gerard Ryle honoured for leading a collaborative investigative journalism network encompassing more than 200 journalists and 100 media organisations in 70 countries.

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. They expose truths we may otherwise never hear. In a series of tweets, Modi said that a free Press was necessary to make a democracy stronger and applauded those working tirelessly to uphold Freedom of Press.


The attack on the Afghan journalists comes amid increasing concerns over press freedom across Asia, including in the Philippines and Myanmar. At least three journalists were murdered in connection with their work.

In Myanmar, hopes have been dashed of more press freedom under the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, which took power in 2016.

According to Index, released annually by Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters Without Borders), India ranks 138 out of 180 countries.

Article 19 joined with the Committee to Protect Journalists, International Freedom of Expression Exchange, International Press Institute, Index on Censorship and Reporters Without Borders to interview USA journalists.

The UNAMA documented 14 journalists killed in conflict-related incidents in 2017, and already has verified 11 killed and six injured during the first four months of 2018.

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