SA ranks third among African nations on media freedom

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Reflecting on the theme: 'Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law, ' the president noted that responsibility was reciprocal. "The media should hold ethics of the noble profession sacrosanct, and be wary of those bent on causing disaffection in the country", President Buhari said.

He said the press " should at all cost be left to work professionally".

The World Press Freedom Day was first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993.

UNSOM and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will issue a public report later this year that details the continuing restrictions on press freedoms in Somalia since they jointly published a 2016 report on the right to freedom of expression.

The Minister expressed concern at how some vested political interests are exploring the media to promote divisions along ethnic and religious lines in the country, saying such unpatriotic conduct will not augur well for the nation's unity and progress.

NewsDay Editor Wisdom Mdzungairi and reporter Desmond Chingarande were arrested and charged on Wednesday with contravening a section of the Children's Act, their lawyer said.

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Taking to social media to convey his greetings and appreciation, the PM posted three tweets from his official Twitter handle in which he underlined the importance of free press, applauded those who work to ensure its freedom, and appreciate the proactive role of social media in safeguarding the independence.

"The media can count on us to keep our words, but we also want to be fairly reported".

While appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Internal Affairs last month, Police Chief Okoth Ochola regretted the action by some of his officers who rough-up journalists. Mahmoud Hussein, an Al Jazeera journalist has spent more than 500 days imprisoned in Egypt.

Activists also argue that journalists must also exercise professionalism.

"Media practitioners should uphold ethical and professional standards, by desisting from circulating fake news".

"A truly free and independent news media is indispensable in all democratic societies, an essential means to hold the powerful to account".