Our Work to Advance Press Freedom in 2018

Clay Curtis
May 3, 2018

Hundreds of journalists from across the world have gathered in Ghana's capital city of Accra, to commemorate this year's World Press Freedom Day. "Media practitioners were in the fore-front to oust the military from the country's political space and enthrone democratic governance with such values as; the Rule of Law, free and fair elections, accountability of the government to the people, independent judiciary, tolerance of opposition views and multi-party system, which we all enjoy today", he said.

There would also be a joint launch of the UNESCO report on "World trends in freedom of expression and media development" and the UNESCO global report "Re/shaping cultural policies".

The rank is an indication of how free journalists are to do their work in the 180 countries.

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"The recently released Strengthening Kenyan media report by the social impact firm, Reboot, and philanthropic investment firm, Omidyar Network, showed that Kenyan media is controlled by only six main players - mainly influential families".

The day is an occasion to remember that the press media holds much importance for the public, because it is their window to information that they aren't privy to, and have to rely on strong sources that serve as a channel to bring accurate and specific news, which will help them navigate their lives during the time of crisis, and make it easier to find out options. They expose truths we may otherwise never hear. "Legislation to protect independent journalism and plurality of viewpoints must be adopted to shape opinions". Therefore, the safety of journalists must be guaranteed, and press freedom must be strengthened.

Kenya Editors Guild Chairman Churchil Otieno (left) addressing a press conference in Nairobi alongside Secretary Christine Nguku (centre) and Secretary-Training and Innovation George Nyabuga ahead of the World Press Freedom Day. In his message he said "A free press is essential for peace, justice and human rights for all". Crimes against journalists must be prosecuted. The RWB has also urged the new government to take steps to ensure full respect for the "full freedom of the press".

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