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03 May, 2018

When all Nicaraguans, Venezuelans and Cubans have the right to freely elect their representatives, be respected in their dissention and they be guaranteed the freedoms of meetings, movement and expression, only then will we cease demanding.

Journalism is considered to be a risky profession as well, with more than 2,500 journalists having been killed since 1990. "These costs include reducing access to a diversity of original journalism, promoting unreliable content and echo chambers, and intrusively collecting personal data; and for publishers, digital platforms are undermining our efforts to develop new advertising and subscription models and preventing us from competing on the merits", Miller said.

While there exist functional democracies in many of our countries, there also proliferate restrictions on the work of journalists.

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, who was selected by an independent global jury of media professionals as the laureate of the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize received his award in abstention.

Today on World Press Freedom Day, let us reaffirm our commitment towards steadfastly supporting a free press. It was revitalised in 2016 when the Council opened it up to journalists, legal practitioners, community activists or advocates who helped ensure the preservation of free speech, press freedom and open and transparent government.

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This comes days after India slipped two positions in the World Press Freedom Index 2018 to Rank 138 in theb list of 180 countries.

This year's edition will be celebrated under the theme; "Keeping power in check: media, justice and the rule of law" as journalists prepare to engage in various activities on the day.

The European Union is founded on the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, on free and pluralistic media as enshrined in the EU's fundamental rights charter. The justice system in this case could give rise to concrete actions that should be taken by all the governments of the region to protect the lives of journalists and consequently the public's right to information. "This shaping and informative power mainly falls to the press and the media in general, under all their guises and through various mediums", she further stated.

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference.

The Director of Newspapers, Graphic Communications Group Limited, Mr Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh, for his part, expressed optimism about the future of press freedom in the country, noting that, "the future looks good because many more Ghanaians are becoming conscious and when the media acts without responsibility there are others who point that out and again the media also serves as checks on each other".

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