3rd May is the day that is marked as the “World Press Freedom Day”, this day is aimed at bringing attention to the fundamental right to freedom of expression and to stand together for the protection of its freedom.
3rd May: World Press Freedom Day
The United Nations General Assembly declared the event in 1993, and freedom of expression is enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Pakistan has experienced an uprising in its ‘Media & Press’ over last decade. Blogging, tweeting, and pod-casting have opened variety of new channels for sharing information and fostering expression.
Journalists in Pakistan are confident and they are devoting their lives in quest of truth. As a nation it is our duty to respect and uphold the right of freedom of expression.
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The transformation of the media landscape has created exciting opportunities for exchange and dialogue, and for sharing knowledge and information. Citizen reporters are increasingly taking part in press by using their smartphone.
According to United Nations More than 600 journalists and media workers had been killed in the past decade. In other words, every week a journalist loses his or her life while bringing news and information to the public.
A free, independent and pluralistic media environment, online and offline, must be one in which journalists, media workers, and social media producers can work safely and independently without the fear of being threatened or even killed. It needs to be an environment where attacks, intimidation, harassment, abductions, arbitrary imprisonments, and threats are the exceptions and not the norm.
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- Freedom of expression applies to all media, such as Facebook, twitter, blogs, Youtube and others
World of press and media has been changed a lot, journalists enjoy their protection and freedom of expression. Phone World Team stands against any violence against journalists and media. Besides creating a safe environment for journalists in Pakistan, laws need to be created and imposed to protect freedom of expression, which continues to be fundamental to democracy.