PM Modi on World Press Freedom Day

Afghanistan mourns killing of journalists

Afghanistan mourns killing of journalists

UNESCO also celebrates this occasion by holding award ceremonies for people who have protected the right to freedom for journalists, especially those who have done the same in the face of danger. Many of them are close friends as well as colleagues who look out for one another as they work in an increasingly hostile environment.

Mr Engida quoted the former UN Secretary-General and author Shashi Tharoor as saying: 'Freedom of the press is the mortar that binds together the bricks of democracy and it is also the open window embedded in those bricks.

1TV editor-in-chief Abdullah Khenjani said Thursday was a "mourning day" for the broadcaster, which lost a reporter and cameraman in Monday's blast. "This shaping and informative power mainly falls to the press and the media in general, under all their guises and through various mediums", she further stated. They expose truths we may otherwise never hear.

The attack on the Afghan journalists comes amid increasing concerns over press freedom across Asia, including in the Philippines and Myanmar.

A human rights expert has condemned the killing of journalists in Afghanistan who were among the victims of a major terrorist attack in Kabul. At least three journalists were murdered in connection with their work.

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) on Tuesday, May 1, announced its partnership with Rappler and other major global news organizations for the commemoration of World Press Freedom Day on May 3.

"The only restrictions are to ensure they observe professional and ethical standards, uphold the rule of law and respect worldwide human rights charters and covenants", His Majesty said, adding, "the government should implement the housing project for journalists and the development of a special work structure for media professionals that is commensurate with our appreciation of the nature of their duties and loyalty and their status as key partners in maintaining the security and stability of the country and strengthening our reform process".

This comes days after India slipped two positions in the World Press Freedom Index 2018 to Rank 138 in theb list of 180 countries.

So, during the first months of this year, several cases have been registered preventing journalists to do their job.

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