It notes that media practitioners do their work without hindrance and the passing of the Acess to Infirmation law - which is yet to be operationalised -assented by President Peter Mutharika is a boost to press freedom.
With the observation of World Press Freedom Day on Thursday, a group of press freedom organizations is calling attention to challenges faced by journalists in the United States.
Kenya Editors Guild Chairman Churchil Otieno (left) addressing a press conference in Nairobi alongside Secretary Christine Nguku (centre) and Secretary-Training and Innovation George Nyabuga ahead of the World Press Freedom Day.
Media is considered to be democracy's fourth pillar as free and independent journalism reinforces democracy, justice and the rule of law.
He said it was only when journalists could report without fear for their lives and citizens could access information to make informed decisions, then democracy and development would thrive.
The press also helps in reaching out to areas that are not hospitable for people, or which have seen conflict and can't be assessed by the population. An independent judiciary plays a crucial role in ensuring legal guarantees for press freedom and the prosecution of crimes against journalists. "They abuse public resources by placing advertisements only with friendly outlets, assert financial or other forms of control, and promote or permit media concentrations", Mr. Kaye added. They expose truths we may otherwise never hear.
This comes days after India slipped two positions in the World Press Freedom Index 2018 to Rank 138 in theb list of 180 countries.
A recent survey of journalists released concluded that there is less press freedom now than under the former military-backed government, citing an increase in threats, physical attacks and arrests of reporters. Sign up here for our free Daily Updates.
"That Sestoso's murder occurred on the same day 10 journalists were killed in Afghanistan made it particularly tragic", said Carlos Conde, a researcher in the Asia division of Human Rights Watch.