May 3 is World Press Freedom Day

Uganda joins world to mark Press Freedom Day

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"A democracy can not function without a free press", Bokhari said, adding, "Media (freedoms) are essential for the creation of public opinion".

Meanwhile, China, Syria, Turkmenistan, Eritrea and North Korea have made it to the bottom-five list whereas Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland and Switzerland ranked among the top five nations in the Press Freedom index.

"World Press Freedom Day reminds me and my colleagues of the importance of reporting - reporting for a vibrant democracy", Parwiz Kawa, editor-in-chief of the Hasht-e-Subh Daily newspaper, told AFP.

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".

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He said Journalists are human rights defenders and should therefore remain steadfast to effectively play their role of the Fourth Estate of Government by defending the underprivileged against the all-powerful in society that may abuse their power.

"We're anxious, because those who threaten the media have not been punished accordingly by the court", Hamidi said.

He noted that over the last few years, the country had advanced from a couple of radio stations and one television station, to scores of radio stations and now free-to-air television stations were also counted in the dozens.

"This day is to renew our commitments and to remember our sacrifices". "It means that out there nobody is monopolising media", Nana Gyan-Apenteng stressed.

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He said UNESCO records showed that more than 800 journalists were killed in the last decade and nine out of 10 killings went unpunished, adding that every time a journalist was killed, UNESCO called for justice.

"The efforts should also include enhancing the aptitudes of Bahraini media professionals as our true assets on the road to progress and prosperity", His Majesty the King said.

The attack on the Afghan journalists comes amid increasing concerns over press freedom across Asia, including in the Philippines and Myanmar. The reality in Cameroon is that there is no law that guarantees access to official sources or compels State officials to give information to journalists on issues of public interest when they need it. In a series of tweets, the PM said, "A free press makes a stronger democracy!"

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