The Ministry of Information and Culture of the caretaker government has announced that in order to identify real people and non-real journalists and their rights, they have put all the journalists in a database and registered the card for them.
Speaking to Reuters news agency, Muftia Abdulmatin Ghane, spokesman for the Ministry of Culture and Culture of the Islamic Emirate, said: “We have tried to solve the problems of the media and have mandated different delegations to take the views of the media in this direction and finally reach two decisions.” they did
He added: The first decision is for the Ministry of Information and Culture to have an agreement with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior Affairs, Public Affairs, and the General Directorate of Intelligence in the coming days, and to tell them that the Ministry of Information and Culture is the only person responsible for broadcasting in the country. And no other institutions have the right to directly interfere in media work.
He added: “I was responsible for all the media violations of the media violations commission, which must be acted upon.”
He added: Our second decision is for the Ministry of Information and Culture to have a database of all journalists in the country, because today anyone who has neither profession nor experience has entered the field as a journalist, and this issue is a fundamental problem that must be solved.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Information and Culture said: On the other hand, some aid given to journalists by the international community is not distributed fairly and does not reach anyone and reaches someone, and those who were not journalists had this right and the real journalists did not know.
He stated that the aid distribution process should be transparent and said: For journalists who have experience or work in a media and also have journalistic documents, they will be registered in a database and cards will be issued to them and messages will be sent to all departments. The holders of this card do not have any problems with them.
He emphasized that we are committed to freedom of expression within the framework of Islamic values, national interests and supreme interests of the country, as well as supporting the country’s journalists.
This action of the Ministry of Information and Culture has caused concern and hope for media and journalists supporting organizations, they say that if this action is supportive, it is a good action, but if they pursue other goals, it is worrisome.
But Masroor Lotfi, the media officer of the National Union of Journalists of Afghanistan, told Awad News: Any action that is taken in the direction of cohesion, coordination and recognition of the country’s real and hardworking journalists is commendable and if this program is supportive. Program of the Ministry of Information and Culture
Journalists should gather under one umbrella and, along with this program, amend, approve and implement laws such as the right to access information law and the public media law as soon as possible, as well as reactivate the commissions and procedures that operated in the media community. It is good, it can have positive effects on the situation.
Lotfi emphasized that besides these measures, there is an urgent need for laws that would support the media community and they should be ratified and implemented as soon as possible so that the legalization of media activities in Afghanistan can become normal.
Seyyed Shabir Mahmoudi, a journalist (Ava voice), told the news agency, “This action of the Ministry of Information and Culture is a good action because it prevents the misuse of the journalist’s name.”
In relation to the journalists’ concerns regarding the high pressure on the journalists, Mahmoudi said: This action does not mean putting pressure on the journalists because the ministry has announced that all violations will be dealt with by the Media Violations Commission.
He said: We hope that no institution will intervene in the work of the media and that all media violations will be investigated in the complaints handling commission
Mohammad Mohammadi, another journalist in Kabul, also says: If this decision of the Ministry of Information and Culture can help journalists to distinguish real journalists from other journalists, we welcome such decisions because the interference in the work of journalists and freedom of expression will be reduced. It’s a good job; But if he cannot solve the existing problems of journalistic work, he will not be a solution
This decision was taken on Sunday, 13th of Hamal, in the administrative meeting of the leadership of the Ministry of Information and Culture of the Taliban.
Khairullah Khairkhah, acting head of this ministry, said that other than the Ministry of Information and Culture, no government institution has the right to directly interfere in press affairs.