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The theme for World Press Freedom Day 2018 is 'Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law'.

The theme of World Press Day 2018 has been announced by United Nations as "Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law".

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.

Special adviser to the President, Christopher Mutsvangwa, told guests at commemorations organised by the Media Institute for Southern Africa (Misa) Zimbabwe chapter that journalists must organise themselves to effectively lobby Parliament for implementation of media freedom.

During the roundtable, journalists, media workers and politicians on Wednesday adopted a 10-point declaration which reaffirming their resolve to uphold the freedom of media and expression called on the government to develop an effective strategy to fight impunity in cases of violence and threats against journalists.




Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, the Minister of Information, reiterated that to further empower citizens, media and civil societies, the Government was going to provide the needed support to Parliament to pass the Right to Information Bill.

He said the Silver Anniversary of World Press Freedom Day is worthy celebrating because a lot has been achieved in the last 25 years in a number of countries, including Zambia, in fostering press freedom and human rights and freedoms in general.

While he would not comment on a reference the RSF makes to cases now before the courts, the MIDA head insisted the global media had access to Fiji and "reports regularly on political developments in Fiji without any obstruction". Independent journalism is vital to hold states accountable and to monitor democratic processes. Said Mr. Gianluca Rampolla, UN Resident Coordinator in Papua New Guinea.

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. Their service to the public is invaluable.

According to Alh. Ngaing Demba Thomas, a free press along with an independent judiciary is essential for the protection of human rights.

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