PM Modi hails journalists, social media users for upholding press freedom

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Independent journalism is vital to hold states accountable and to monitor democratic processes.

He said the government is not unaware of the effort of mischief makers to use the social media, in particular, to undermine the government and promote ethno-religious crisis, especially ahead of the forthcoming general elections.

He said the press " should at all cost be left to work professionally".

"Indeed, the Fourth Estate has grown in stature, taking center stage as freedom of expression becomes a key global benchmark for democracy and accountability", Opondo added.

The UN also aims to uphold the right to freedom of expression of all that has been enshrined in the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights under Article 19.

During Jacob Zuma's term as president South Africa's press freedom came into question a number of times with government spearheading moves to silence the media.

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The world is celebrating World Press freedom day.

Every year, Reporters Without Borders questions experts on the independence, pluralism, media environment, self-censorship, transparency and legislative framework of the media in their countries.

"The media can count on us to keep our words, but we also want to be fairly reported".

"The second attacker deliberately sought out journalists to kill after the first bomber had drawn them to the scene". Mahmoud Hussein, an Al Jazeera journalist has spent more than 500 days imprisoned in Egypt.

Uganda Human Rights Commission, a state run agency, argues that there is growing incidence of low professionalism among media practitioners which has in some cases led to irresponsible, inaccurate and unbalanced media reports that have had the potential to excite and inflame rather than inform.

Earlier today, the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) organised a rally to mark the day under the banner 'Observation of Power: Media, Justice and Rule of Law.' The rally started at Babarmahal before converging into a corner meeting at New Baneshwor, this morning.