Published: Thu, May 03, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Uganda registers progress in press freedom though uncertainties remain

Uganda registers progress in press freedom though uncertainties remain

On his part, Somalia's Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo lauded the efforts of journalists across the country promising to protect the constitutional right of freedom of expression. It also underlines the role that media play as champions of accountability and the rule of law. "It is the multiplicity of ideas and human expression that makes us more vibrant as a society", he said in a series of tweets.

A fearless, independent and strong press is believed to be one of the most vital signs of a properly functioning democracy and this day is commemorated to raise awareness on just that.

"My administration is committed to protecting the freedom of expression, a right enshrined in our Provisional Constitution", he said.

"On this auspicious celebration of the 2018 World Press Freedom Day, we bring warm felicitations to our colleagues and friends across the country and around the world, as they continue to shine the light of truth on humanity".

After Islamabad, other areas found unsafe for journalists are Punjab at the second worst with 17 per cent of violations (26 cases) followed closely by Sindh with 16 per cent (25 cases), Balochistan with 14 per cent (22 cases) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with 10 per cent (16 cases).

The World Press Freedom Day comes few days after the death of nine journalists and photographers in the suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan.

On World Press Day, South Africa ranks third among Africa nations on the media freedom barometer.

What does Nigeria need right now? Since then, May 3, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.

The report includes the killing of 9 journalists, 16 libel cases, 14 cases of online harassment, 11 death threats, 6 slay attempts, 6 cases of harassment, 5 cases of intimidation, 4 cases of website attack, revoked registration or denied franchise renewal, verbal abuse, strafing, and police surveillance of journalists and media agencies.

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