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SA ranks third among African nations on media freedom

SA ranks third among African nations on media freedom

The PEC said it "deplored the dramatic increase in media victims as the world celebrates World Press Freedom Day on May 3", adding the number of journalists killed from January to April has soared by 57 per cent from the same period previous year.

Under the theme "Media, Justice and the Rule of Law: The Counter power of Power", the meeting will bring together delegations from more than 100 countries.

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

MATT said the annual report noted the increased hostility faced by journalists and media workers around the world in doing their jobs, a trend encouraged by an increasing number of politicians and governments actively working to inhibit the public's right to know.

"The ideal of a State under the rule of law calls for well-informed citizens, transparent political decisions, public debates on topics of common interest and a plurality of viewpoints that shapes opinions and undermines official truths and dogmatism". Independent journalism is vital to hold states accountable and to monitor democratic processes. The index, published every year by Reporters without Borders, assesses the level of freedom available to journalists.

In a statement, PEC said it "deplored the dramatic increase in media victims as the world celebrates World Press Freedom Day tomorrow, Thursday 3 May 2018", adding that the number of journalists killed from January to April has soared by 57 percent from the same period past year.

"But on this Day, we are reminded that press freedom in Afghanistan is earned at an unbearable cost".

"The only restrictions are to ensure they observe professional and ethical standards, uphold the rule of law and respect global 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". Laws that protect independent journalism, freedom of expression and the right to information need to be adopted, implemented and enforced.

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