Slain Afghan journalists remembered on World Press Freedom Day

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the journalistic community and praised their relentless efforts to ensure press freedom on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day.

It also condemned the crackdown on the digital expression of journalists and political workers through direct and indirect means and calls for reforms in the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016, and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA).

Meanwhile Naija News recalls that Afghanistan was a year ago ranked the third most unsafe country in the world for journalists by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

"World Press Freedom Day reminds me and my colleagues of the importance of reporting - reporting for a vibrant democracy", Parwiz Kawa, editor-in-chief of the Hasht-e-Subh Daily newspaper, told AFP.

It has assembled more than 700 leading actors from the media, civil society, policy makers, representatives of the judiciary, and academia to discuss latest developments and pressing challenges related to press freedom and the safety of journalists. "An attacker, disguised as a cameraman, detonated explosives at the site of the initial explosion, according to officials", the PEC said in the statement, strongly condemning "this heinous terrorist attack targeting journalists among the crowd". They are also known to go in territories with heavy military control, and where the government can't have a spokesperson, only to bring us the most up-to-date news and information about what if happening around in the world and around us.

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"Peter's work as a courageous foreign correspondent is well-known, but his more recent work as a vocal press freedom advocate and communications scholar is less known - though no less laudable", Mr Stevens said.

Professor Greste said the Press Freedom Medal was a great personal honour.

The objective is to spread awareness about the freedom of Press as also to keep the Governments reminded about the right to freedom of expression.

However, Fiji's chair of the media regulatory authority, Ashwin Raj cautioned the interpretation of the new rankings saying, "The issue of political bias must not be confused and equated with press freedom".

UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto has expressed solidarity with Afghan journalists on World Press Freedom Day, a statement from the United Nation Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Wednesday.