US to high­light jour­nal­ists pro­tec­tion

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

HAMEED SHA­HEEN IS­LAM­ABAD—Ahead of World Press Free­dom Day on May 3, 2016, the U.S. State Deptt has launched its fifth an­nual “Free the Press” cam­paign Tues­day as part of its ef­forts to mark the im­por­tance of a free and in­de­pen­dent me­dia in to­day’s world, says a US web me­dia note.

This year, dur­ing the 5th an­niver­sary of the cam­paign, the State Deptt will high­light jour­nal­ists and me­dia out­lets that “we have iden­ti­fied in pre­vi­ous years that were cen­sored, at­tacked, threat­ened, im­pris­oned, or oth­er­wise op­pressed be­cause of their re­port­ing whose sit­u­a­tions have not yet im­proved. We will also high­light trou­bling trends in the per­se­cu­tion of jour­nal­ists world­wide”.

From April 26 to May 3, the Depart­ment Spokesper­son will high­light em­blem­atic cases of jour­nal­ists or press out­lets un­der threat around the world at the Daily Press Brief­ing so that we may honor their courage and ser­vice; call on govern­ments to protect the right to free­dom of ex­pres­sion; and em­pha­size our own com­mit­ment to pro­mot­ing free­dom of ex­pres­sion here in the United States and around the world.

The cases will be pro­filed on www.Hu­manRights.gov and they will be tweeted out us­ing the hash­tag #FreethePress.

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