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Journalists mark press freedom day

Author : | Published: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

In marking the World Press Freedom Day today, journalists have called for better protection from the government.

Some journalists say they are not free to perform their duties, and have limited access to information.

“This has been real, especially when journalists go out to get information from various sources, especially from institutions involving the government and other stakeholders,” said a journalist who requested anonymity.

In South Sudan, 7 Journalists were killed in 2015 which greatly contributed to the country’s rating in press freedom and impunity index rating.

“I don’t feel like I’m that free. How can I celebrate the day yet I know I have some of my colleagues who have been threatened, who are in the prisons,” said another journalist.

“UNESCO considers the killing of journalists as the ultimate form of censorship and systematically condemns such crimes and reports on impunity,” the UN agency wrote on the day’s eve.

The World Press Freedom Day aims at raising awareness of press freedom.

This year, it has coincided with the 250th anniversary of the world’s first freedom of information law and the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration of press freedom principles in Africa.

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