Every year on 3rd May, UNESCO celebrates and encourages press freedom across the world.

The day also recognises the work of journalists in dangerous situations. Iraq and Syria are unsurprisingly, the most dangerous areas for journalists to work.

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Over 2500 journalists across the world have been killed in the last 28 years. These figures are expected to increase.

This week in Afghanistan there has been two separate incidents that have resulted in the deaths of 10 media professionals.

Journalists gathered at the scene of a suicide bombing prior in Kabul prior to the attack. A second suicide bomber arrived at the congregation, where they purposefully targeted and detonated.

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It’s not always so far away from home though, as Holly Jones, Nottingham Trent alumni and BBC reporter found out in last years’ London Bridge attack.

CBJ News’ Phoebe Ram spoke to local journalist, Hannah Meredith from BBC East Midlands Today about her views on the importance of free press.

A Twitter movement has began trending in response to World Press Freedom Day with the hashtag: #imajournalistbecause

Twitter itself has announced its support for the cause