54 attacks on journalists in 16 months, says report

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"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. "According to the Stockholm Centre for Freedom around two hundred journalists were jailed and one hundred and fifty media outlets were shut down in the aftermath of last year's coup". The media advocacy organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) describes Iraq as "one of the world's most risky countries for journalists" where journalists are targeted by pro-government forces and the rebel groups, including the ISIS group.

"The authorities are also monitoring social networks more and more closely, which encourages a degree of self-censorship", Reporters Without Borders stated.

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has joined the Gambia Press Union to mark this year's World Press Freedom Day (WPFD 2017).

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Journalists marked Press Freedom Day by holding a rally and demanded that the public always maintains its right to knowledge and awareness.

The organisation described the measure as a vaguely worded law which is expected to chill freedom of the press and expression online.

The celebrations have been held on the theme: "Critical minds for critical times: Media's role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies".

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American newspapers are struggling, newsrooms are smaller and more residents are in the dark about events and issues in their own communities.

He said despite the inaccurate and fake news saturating the media space, the Federal Government has not put a single journalist behind bars as a result of his or her professional conduct. Elsewhere in Africa, Lesotho Times editor Lloyd Mutungamiri narrowly survived a shooting after being attacked by unknown gunmen previous year.

"We need media education combined with audiences that have the right media and information literacy skills". Making matters worse a study by HOOT has revealed that over 54 attacks have taken place on journalists in the country in last 16 months and as many as 25 cases of threatening journalists also took place.

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I call for an end to all measures of repression against journalists because a free press promotes peace and justice for all, he stressed.

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