ZLHR statement on World Press Day

ZLHR statement on World Press Day

"When we consider press freedom we also have to look at the internet". Comments by Phillipines President Duterte when asked what actions would be taken to tackle the killings of the journalists in the country, highlights the disregard some leaders have for media freedom. According to Turkey Purge, a website started by Turkish journalists who escaped the country, 149 media outlets were shut down and 231 journalists have been arrested since last summer.

In his message on the occasion of the World Press Freedom, Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General says journalists go to the most unsafe places to give the floor to people whose voices can hardly reach far. "Attacks on the media usually go hand-in-hand with attacks on civil society, and are a barometer of the levels of injustice, corruption and authoritarianism in any society", warns Mandeep Tiwana, Head of Policy and Research at CIVICUS.

Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement, refuted the recent survey by Reporters Without Borders which alleged that Nigeria's press freedom rating has been on sustained decline since 2015.

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Burundi Media Regulator-CNC has released its 2016 annual report on the World Press Freedom this 3 May 2017. Most of these journalists were from Cameroon, Nigeria and Mozambique.

This is not just a lone example of upholding press freedom; we all know how journalists risked their lives and played a critically important role and contributed to our independence.

According to Freedom House, press freedom declined to its lowest point in the last 12 years in 2017.

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There is need for thorough investigation and prosecution of the perpetuators if Uganda is to boast about press freedom and freedom of speech, he said.

By now, we are all aware of the fact that freedom of expression is an obvious fundamental right in the modern world.

It is also pertinent to recognise that a key measure of a country's levels of freedom, democracy and rule of law is the manner in which a government treats journalists and how free they are allowed to do their professional work.

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The government must act to secure press freedom by repealing draconian press laws that are inimical press freedom and end the public demonization of critical journalists.

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