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Al Jazeera marks World Press Freedom Day

A news special on the state of media freedoms around the world.

Every day journalists around the world face threats, intimidation and are attacked for doing their jobs. 

Some lose their freedom and even their lives in this dangerous profession.

So far in 2015, 44 journalists have died in the line of work. According to Reporters Without Borders, there are currently at least 158 journalists imprisoned around the world.

On World Press Freedom Day, Al Jazeera speaks with the Network's Chairman Sheikh Hamad Bin Thamer Al-Thani, the network's Acting Director-General Mostefa Souag, President of Al Jazeera America Kate O'Brian, and the Managing Director at Al Jazeera Balkans Tarik Dodic, to discuss the state of media freedom around the world.

Dr Elobaid Ahmed Elobaid, the head of the UN's human rights hub for South West Asia and the Arab region, and Joel Simon, the executive director at the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Irina Bokova, the director-general of UNESCO, also join in the discussion to mark the day.

Al Jazeera network interrupted regularly programming to broadcast this news special live simultaneously across the globe on Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Mubasher, Al Jazeera America and Al Jazeera Balkans.