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Journalists brace to celebrate World Press Freedom Day

Journalists brace to celebrate World Press Freedom Day”

In an interview with the Daily Graphic ahead of the celebration, the chairman of the National Media Commission, (NMC) Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, said: "The 1992 Constitution has been the game-changer". Laws that protect independent journalism, freedom of expression and the right to information need to be adopted, implemented and enforced.

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.

"We're anxious, because those who threaten the media have not been punished accordingly by the court", Hamidi said. India's ranking in the Press Freedom Index has fallen two places to 138, a watchdog said in April in an annual report, blaming "physical violence" against journalists like Gauri Lankesh as the key reason behind the country's low ranking.

At least three journalists were murdered in connection with their work. So we have won the numbers game and that is very important.

The NMC chairman said, however, that the strides made in media freedom, did not automatically translate into quality "that is why I have said that we are free but not necessarily independent".

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"Journalists hold people in power to account".

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.

Otieno at the same time challenged the government to commit itself to press freedom in word but in deed.

Today we reaffirm EU's determination to keep protecting and promoting freedom of opinion and of expression as rights to be exercised by everyone everywhere, based on the principles of equality, non-discrimination and universality, through any media, within our borders and beyond.



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