It is also a time to reaffirm how vital a free and independent media has been, and continues to be, for democracy, and development in Papua New Guinea and around the world.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, David Kaye, and rights experts from around the world have joined forces to highlight growing threats to media independence and diversity worldwide, particularly those affecting digital outlets.
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According to UNESCO, their organizing is actively involved in defending the freedom of expression, which is at the core of its mandate, and has urged the world community "to think of the relations between the media, justice and the rule of law".
He also applauded the role of people on the social media in safeguarding the freedom of the press.
Dausi said the Peter Mutharika administration considers media as an essential tool in promoting accountability and democracy, adding that Government is satisifed that journalists in Malawi conduct their work in a safe environment and that no journalist has lately been harassed, imprisoned or killed because of their work. "The government uses this power to abuse with the media", he says.
"We firmly believe that the only check on power, is holding truth to its functions; its motives; and to ensure that justice served is truly and rightfully delivered". The country has fallen six places to 137th on the 2018 World Press Freedom Index. "I applaud all those who have been working tirelessly to uphold freedom of press".
In a statement, PEC said it "deplored the dramatic increase in media victims as the world celebrates World Press Freedom Day tomorrow, Thursday 3 May 2018", adding that the number of journalists killed from January to April has soared by 57 percent from the same period a year ago.
However, she struck a note of caution saying, "Freedom of the press, like any other freedom, is never completely secure". At least three journalists were murdered in connection with their work.