Journalists Mark World Press Freedom Day

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On this day we celebrate the World Press Freedom Day in a hard context for journalism. It is also a time to reaffirm how vital a free and independent media has been, and continues to be, for democracy, and development in Papua New Guinea and around the world.

This year's commemorations were held under the theme Keeping Power in Check: Media Justice and the Rule of Law.

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". An independent judiciary plays a crucial role in ensuring legal guarantees for press freedom and the prosecution of crimes against journalists.

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Afghanistan was a year ago ranked the third most risky country in the world for journalists by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). In doing so, journalists foster strengthened transparency, accountability and the rule of law.

"The Press Council's selection committee felt that Peter's decision to use his high public profile-gained through the extreme hardships he himself endured as a prisoner in an Egyptian jail resulting from his own journalistic work-to become a defender of press freedom and the safety of journalists deserved to be recognised and rewarded".

We are eagerly awaiting a ruling by the Inter-American Human Rights Court in the case of Colombian journalist Nelson Carvajal, murdered 20 years ago. "An attacker, disguised as a cameraman, detonated explosives at the site of the initial explosion, according to officials", the PEC said in the statement, strongly condemning "this heinous terrorist attack targeting journalists among the crowd".

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

However, she struck a note of caution saying, "Freedom of the press, like any other freedom, is never completely secure".

- World Press Freedom Day, which is celebrated on May 3, was established in commemoration of the Declaration of Windhoek, a document that contains principles on the defense of press freedom, drawn up in 1991 during a meeting of African journalists motivated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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"The attack on Monday, like all such attacks on journalists, is an attack on Afghanistan's free press and the public's right to know, " the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, said on Tuesday, urging the government to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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