World Freedom Day is being observed today with journalists making a resolve to keep pursuing the mission to know and inform others.
The United Nation General Assembly declared May 3 as World Press Freedom Day in 1991 to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right of freedom of expression.
But unfortunately despite advance development journalists are still facing bans on freedom of expression as At least 95 journalists were killed last year during the course of their work, according to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). The number of deaths is higher than in 2017, but not as high as peaks recorded in previous years when conflicts in Iraq and Syria were raging. The highest number of media deaths recorded was 155 in 2006. These figures include anyone working in some capacity for a media organisation.
Journalists Death Rates
One killing in 2018 which attracted global attention was that of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He was murdered last October after going to the Saudi consulate-general in Turkey. As a prominent critic of his country’s newly powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Khashoggi was aware that any encounter with Saudi officialdom could be risky, even overseas. Nonetheless, Khashoggi appears not to have been afraid ahead of his appointment. According to The Guardian, he told a friend, “the most they can do is interrogate me.” We hope that 2019 and coming years will bring complete freedom of expression a press.
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