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UK commits 18 mn pounds towards improving media freedom across the world

The UK government committed 18 million pounds towards improving media freedom across the world and announced the creation of a new Global Media Defence Fund.


UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt made the announcement at the first Global Conference for Media Freedom in London, also attended by an Indian delegation led by Prasar Bharati Chairman Surya Prakash.


As the world's largest democracy which is witnessing a massive media boom, we welcome such initiatives to strengthen media freedom across the world," Prakash said.


"Journalists working in conflict zones face grave threat to their safety. Therefore a special fund for their defence is a welcome move, he said.


The details of the new Global Media Defence Fund are yet to be finalised but the UK has said that it would be administered by the UNESCO and will support, train and provide legal support to journalists in the most dangerous parts of the world.

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