Published: Thu, May 03, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Today marks World Press Freedom Day

Today marks World Press Freedom Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the journalistic community and praised their relentless efforts to ensure press freedom on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day.

According to the findings of this report, Kosovo continues to suffer from a high level of corruption, problems with the rule of law and the freedom of media.

His Majesty reaffirmed pride in the achievements of national aspirations in consolidating the rule of law and institutions and encouraging responsible press and media freedoms for almost two decades in line with the unprecedented support of the National Action Charter and the establishment of modern constitutional monarchy. The theme of 2018 highlights the importance of an enabling legal environment for press freedom and prosecution of crimes against journalists. Independent journalism is vital to hold states accountable and to monitor democratic processes. The country has fallen six places to 137th on the 2018 World Press Freedom Index.

"Despite the risks, they stand firm together, determined never to be cowed by terrorists", he said in the statement. "I applaud all those who have been working tirelessly to uphold freedom of press".

"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.

UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto has expressed solidarity with Afghan journalists on World Press Freedom Day, a statement from the United Nation Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Wednesday.

Let us celebrate the freedom of press with dignity and with gratitude towards these journalists on this World Press Freedom Day. There are many countries where freedom of the press is curtailed for various reasons, especially political ones and while the general public thinks there is enough freedom already, the press/media finds itself under pressure from different sources to stick to certain guidelines that are issued from time to time. Journalists and media workers shine a light on local and global challenges and tell the stories that need to be told.

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