Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on World Press Freedom Day

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On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani said that genuine democracy can not exist without media freedom. The way they operated was similar to present day BBC which was established by a royal charter, and operates under its Agreement with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

In a message on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, Guterres called to protect journalists because 'their words and images can help change the world'. "On #WorldPressFreedomDay, we remember the press was to serve the governed, not the governors".

Cardiff University past year produced a report, Killing The Messenger, which analysed the deaths of 115 journalists killed in 2016.

He wrote: "Only the independence, the character, the objectivity and the good judgment of the journalist and the media can overcome the awful storms of the new world that threaten freedom of information everywhere".

The World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on May 3. During the discussion, senior journalists expressed their concern over the issue.

The report shows shrinking press freedom comes close on the heels of the World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders, which has put India at 136th place, three places down from previous year.

In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used a botched coup attempt last July to consolidate power and purge journalists.

Speaking at the event, the President, Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Waheed Odusile, urged stakeholders to unite in the struggle to ensure independence of press.

The day is particularly significant for journalists and the media community in Gambia who for the first time in 22 years will be observing press freedom day after years of repression and human right abuses under the brutal regime of Yahya Jammeh. The U.S. Department of State offers development programs and exchanges for media professionals, supports the free flow of information and ideas on the internet, and provides the tools and resources needed to keep journalists safe. "Here in the Kurdistan Region, in the imitation of undemocratic and freedom oppressing countries, media freedom and the free media have been sanctioned, and constrained", Diyari Mohamad, Metro's deputy head said in a statement.