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Under the theme "Media, Justice and the Rule of Law: The Counter power of Power", the meeting will bring together delegations from more than 100 countries.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic ahead of the celebration, the chairman of the National Media Commission, (NMC) Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, said: "The 1992 Constitution has been the game-changer".

"Often times we think it is because a government is benevolent and doesn't want to mistreat us or whatever, but it is the constitution that determines where we are".

"We're anxious, because those who threaten the media have not been punished accordingly by the court", Hamidi said. "The government uses this power to abuse with the media", he says.

According to a report recently released by Reporters Without Boarders Lobby, Kenya is ranked 96 on media freedom.

There are many countries where freedom of the press is curtailed for various reasons, especially political ones and while the general public thinks there is enough freedom already, the press/media finds itself under pressure from different sources to stick to certain guidelines that are issued from time to time. "It means that out there nobody is monopolising media", Nana Gyan-Apenteng stressed.

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Journalism is considered to be a unsafe profession as well, with more than 2,500 journalists having been killed since 1990.

The police said a motive for the attack had not yet been determined, but they were looking at Sestoso's radio work for clues.

The main event to mark the day was held in capital Kabul, where on Monday a Daesh-claimed twin suicide bombing killed 29 people, including nine journalists and cameraman.

The main highlights include plenary sessions to discuss new challenges to press freedom and freedom of expression, covering of elections and electoral campaigns.

Founded in June 2004 by an global group of journalists, the PEC is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative United Nations (UN) status, whose aim is to strengthen the legal protection and safety of journalists in conflict zones, areas of civil unrest, or on risky missions. Names are submitted by regional and worldwide non-governmental organisations working for press freedom, and by UNESCO member states.

  • Megan Austin