Govt urged to craft laws that guarantee media freedom

UN rights official condemns scribes killing in Afghanistan

Greste joined previous recipients, investigative journalist Kate McClymont and News Corp's national editorial counsel Michael Cameron, on a panel to discuss press freedom, as part of the UN's World Press Freedom Day today.

The theme for World Press Freedom Day 2018 is 'Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law'. The rally started from Babarmahal and converged into a corner meeting at New Baneshwar, according to a report in The Himalayan Times. 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.

Mr. Kaye welcomed the declaration saying: "Free and independent media facilitate democratic institutions and accountability, while attacks on journalists and journalism undermine the very idea of public participation and governmental accountability".

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.

"The United Nations recognizes that Afghanistan is one of the most risky places for journalists to work, and we reiterate our determination to protect journalist safety and to fight against impunity".

"By openly and aggressively targeting journalists and media outlets, the current USA administration risks undermining media freedom and creates a culture where journalists find themselves unprotected", the report says.

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The Prize awards a journalist who stood his or her ground in the defence of press freedom. The country has fallen six places to 137th on the 2018 World Press Freedom Index.

"We firmly believe that the only check on power, is holding truth to its functions; its motives; and to ensure that justice served is truly and rightfully delivered".

Professor Greste said the Press Freedom Medal was a great personal honour.

With the United Nations General Assembly declaring May 3 as the World Press Freedom Day "to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression", the observance has acquired a lot of significance across the globe.

"That Sestoso's murder occurred on the same day 10 journalists were killed in Afghanistan made it particularly tragic", said Carlos Conde, a researcher in the Asia division of Human Rights Watch.

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