UPNG celebrates Media Freedom Day

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The Filipino journalist's death came amid ongoing and persistent attacks on the country's independent press by the government of Duterte, who has bristled at criticism over his administration's deadly war on drugs.

According to the NGO, The most unsafe countries for journalists since the beginning of this year are Afghanistan with 11 killed, Mexico (4), Syria (4), Ecuador (3), India (3) and Yemen (3). We pay tribute to all journalists in Europe and worldwide who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

The rank is an indication of how free journalists are to do their work in the 180 countries.

Today on World Press Freedom Day, let us reaffirm our commitment towards steadfastly supporting a free press.

"We demand justice for Edmund and for all silent voices", the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said in a statement, noting that the "brazenness of the attack" came days before the global community was to mark World Press Freedom Day on Thursday.

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MEDIA rights lobby groups have called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government to craft laws that guarantee media freedom and protect journalists in the course of their duties, particularly ahead of this year's general elections.

Another highpoint of the celebration would be the Award ceremony of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

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 a year ago.

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. In a democratic society public officials must be held accountable for their actions and a free press is the people' watchdog. UNESCO serves as an organising partner to keep the freedom of expression intact. The EU will continue funding targeted projects in third countries enhancing quality of journalism, access to public information and freedom of expression.

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