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Word Press Freedom Day: UN Chief charges government to protect journalists.

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World Press Freedom Day is being observed today, Thursday May 3, with the aim to pay tribute to the journalists around the world sacrificing their lives in the line of duty.

Theme of the Day for this year is ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’.

The Day focuses on an enabling legal environment for press freedom and gives special attention to the role of an independent judiciary in ensuring legal guarantees for press freedom and the prosecution of crimes against journalists.

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World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. Since then, 3rd May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day .

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres in his message to the Press Freedom Day, said a free press is essential for peace, justice and human rights for all. It is crucial to building transparent and democratic societies and keeping those in power accountable. It is vital for sustainable development.

He added that journalists and media workers shine a light on local and global challenges and tell the stories that need to be told. Their service to the public is invaluable.

The UN chief stated that laws that protect independent journalism, freedom of expression and the right to information need to be adopted, implemented and enforced. Crimes against journalists must be prosecuted.

“On World Press Freedom Day 2018, I call on governments to strengthen press freedom, and to protect journalists. Promoting a free press is standing up for our right to truth”, he added.

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Court ruling that upheld Tshisekedi’s election restores Internet in DR Congo.

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Internet was restored across the DRC on Sunday after the Constitutional Court’s affirmation of Felix Tshisekedi as president-elect.

The service was cut twenty days ago with the government defending the move as part of efforts to preserve national security. It was to avert the publication of unofficial results of the December 30, 2018 polls.



An RFI journalist covering the country also reported that the French broadcaster’s signal had been restored in the capital, Kinshasa after it was disrupted about three weeks ago without an official explanation.

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Meanwhile reports indicate that Tuesday January 22 has been slated as the day of investiture of the new president. Tshisekedi will take over from Joseph Kabila who has been president for the past 18 years.

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There are largely three possible outcomes according to legal experts seized with the issue. An affirmation, an annulment or a call for rerun of the polls.

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Nigeria: Hip Hop star Harrysong reconciles with E-money, Kcee

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Popular Nigerian singer, Harrison Tare Okiri also known as Harrysong has finally reconciled with his former label mate, Kcee, and boss, E-money.




Harrysong who declared that he will never bite the finger that fed him, wrote on Instagram, “I had a great time at my listening party yesterday and it gave me time to reflect as I watched my young bro Skiibii perform his hit song Sensima

The ‘Under the duvet’ crooner said he had to make peace with himself by resolving issues with those who made impact in his life.

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“Making peace with yourself begins with your ability to face your truth.

“My journey will never be complete without Kcee and Emoney you were part of the vessels that God used to change my story.

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“I appreciate you both, I was hurt and reacted at the time but regardless of what happened, I recognise the impact you made in my life.

“Never bite the finger that fed you my people…let love lead.” he concluded.

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