Obaseki tasks journalists on ethics as the world mark press freedom day

UN rights official condemns scribes killing in Afghanistan

A function in connection with the day is to be held in Islamabad under the auspices of UNESCO.

The UN chief stated that laws that protect independent journalism, freedom of expression and the right to information need to be adopted, implemented and enforced.

He also applauded the role of people on the social media in safeguarding the freedom of the press.

Internationally acclaimed journalist Peter Greste has been awarded an Australian Press Council Press Freedom Medal in Sydney today (Thursday 3 May).

Zayani explained the core principles of media ethics that apply to all forms of media, noting that credibility is a value that media outlets have to earn through respecting and applying journalism ethics, including truth and accuracy, humanity, fairness and partiality, accountability and independence.

She also urged media outlets and journalists for more co-operation with the centre for the benefit of Qatari media and to work towards achieving Qatar National Vision 2030.




"It's inspiring to see this common effort to promote the fundamentals of press freedom at a time when we need it most", he added.

Founded in June 2004 by an worldwide group of journalists, the PEC is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative United Nations (UN) status, whose aim is to strengthen the legal protection and safety of journalists in conflict zones, areas of civil unrest, or on unsafe missions.

With the United Nations General Assembly declaring May 3 as the World Press Freedom Day "to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression", the observance has acquired a lot of significance across the globe.

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

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.

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