World Press Freedom Day rally in Kathmandu

Uganda joins world to mark Press Freedom Day

This role of the press as a medium of mass education is a necessary criteria for a balanced democracy.

"We demand justice for Edmund and for all silent voices", the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said in a statement, noting that the "brazenness of the attack" came days before the worldwide community was to mark World Press Freedom Day on Thursday.

The 25th celebration was held at the University of Papua New Guinea, by the Creative Arts and Journalism and Public Relations strands of the Melanesian Institute of Arts and Communication, to recognize the work of the media. The Australian Press Council has awarded this year's press freedom medals to journalist Peter Greste and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists director Gerard Ryle.

"I congratulate Peter and hope his presence at UQ will infuse similar courage in journalists of the future", he said.

For that we fight through the Inter-American Human Rights System to obtain the justice that is denied them in various countries and to confront impunity.

"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. Too often, they lose their security, their jobs, their freedom, wellbeing and even their lives in doing so. "Legislation to protect independent journalism and plurality of viewpoints must be adopted to shape opinions".

From the Pacific, it was topped by New Zealand at No. 8 in the world ranking followed by Australia 19, Samoa 22, Tonga 51, Papua New Guinea 53 and Fiji 57. In his message he said "A free press is essential for peace, justice and human rights for all". It is vital for sustainable development.

He said journalists and media workers shine a light on local and global challenges and tell the stories that need to be told. Their service to the public is invaluable.

Crimes against journalists should not go unpunished in order to guarantee their better protection, Mr Getachew Engida, the Deputy Director-General, United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), has said.

Today on World Press Freedom Day, let us reaffirm our commitment towards steadfastly supporting a free press.

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