Kosovo: Freedom of media is under attack

Afghanistan mourns killing of journalists

We commemorate World Press Freedom Day with a particular concern at the lack of protection of journalists in carrying out their work with safety and without restrictions, and at the numerous denunciations of harassment of the press that is manifested in various forms and in many of the countries of the Americas.

Media is considered to be democracy's fourth pillar as free and independent journalism reinforces democracy, justice and the rule of law.

The right to information and how freedom of information laws could contribute to sustainable development in Africa, artistic freedom in the digital age, investigation journalism: ethics and risk mitigation, restricting the free flow of information through internet shutdowns and service restrictions would also feature prominently.

He said Journalists are human rights defenders and should therefore remain steadfast to effectively play their role of the Fourth Estate of Government by defending the underprivileged against the all-powerful in society that may abuse their power.

Mr. Muleya said the commission is alive to the fact that most Journalists, especially those dedicated to pursuing and reporting the truth, are still working under extremely hard and risky environments.

While he would not comment on a reference the RSF makes to cases now before the courts, the MIDA head insisted the worldwide media had access to Fiji and "reports regularly on political developments in Fiji without any obstruction".

Press freedom has come under increasing attack in countries around the world with even the biggest democracies failing to live up to their expectations.

From the Pacific, it was topped by New Zealand at No. 8 in the world ranking followed by Australia 19, Samoa 22, Tonga 51, Papua New Guinea 53 and Fiji 57.

On the same day as the Afghan journalists were killed, Philippine radio broadcaster Edmund Sestoso was shot by assailants in the southern city of Dumaguete, said Human Rights Watch.

According to the findings of this report, Kosovo continues to suffer from a high level of corruption, problems with the rule of law and the freedom of media. It is crucial to building transparent and democratic societies and keeping those in power accountable.

Meanwhile, China, Syria, Turkmenistan, Eritrea and North Korea have made it to the bottom-five list whereas Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland and Switzerland ranked among the top five nations in the Press Freedom index.

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