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World Press Freedom Day is being observed today

KARACHI: The World Press Freedom Day is being observed in Pakistan today amid increasing threat against journalists in the country, ARY News reports.

Pakistan has been declared one of the most dangerous countries for the mediamen.

In the country since January 2013 till April 2014, seven journalists and three media workers were killed, said a report on the press freedom released by Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF).

During the same period 14 journalists were injured, either beaten by policemen or injured by violent people while covering processions and rallies.

The World Press Freedom Index 2014, issued by the “Reporters without Borders”, termed Pakistan the world’s deadliest country for media men. Pakistan was ranked at the 158th in 180 countries index.

Amnesty International has in its recent report revealed that an estimated 34 journalists may have killed because of their profession since March 2008.

The United Nations General Assembly in its session in 1993 proclaimed May 3rd as the World Press Freedom Day.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a message for World Press Freedom proclaimed that both his government, and his party, believe in a free media and in the freedom of press which is an essential element of democracy, transparency, good governance and accountability.

The prime minister said that his government strongly believes in upholding freedom of the press and is taking all necessary steps to provide safe working environment to journalists to facilitate them in the performance of their professional obligations.

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