Number of journalists killed in 2018 up by 57 per cent

Number of journalists killed in 2018 up by 57 per cent

The justice system in this case could give rise to concrete actions that should be taken by all the governments of the region to protect the lives of journalists and consequently the public's right to information.

Founded in June 2004 by an global group of journalists, the PEC is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative United Nations (UN) status, whose aim is to strengthen the legal protection and safety of journalists in conflict zones, areas of civil unrest, or on risky missions.

A rally was organised Thursday morning in Kathmandu to mark the World Press Freedom Day 2018.

"I use this opportunity to call on all governments the world over to put an end to State-sponsored acts that seek to restrict the practice of Journalism".

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

"The Duterte administration may not like a free press very much but it has the duty and responsibility to arrest and prosecute the killers of Sestoso and the many others who were murdered over the years", the watchdog's Asia researcher, Carlos Conde, said.

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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".

In a statement, News Corp Australiasia executive chairman Michael Miller said the cost of those free services was substantial to competition and consumers.

The World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 after the adoption of a recommendation at the 26th session of the Unesco's General Conference two years prior to that.

Participants are exploring issues including the media and the judiciary's respective roles in ensuring the rule of law, and in times of elections safeguard the fundamental rights to freedom of expression, and addressing crimes against journalists.

Guy Berger, director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at Unesco, welcomed this campaign as a radical move towards unity.

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