Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid added: “As a result of the efforts of the Ministry of Information and Culture, the Commission for Investigation of Media Violations and the Commission for the Right to Information will resume its activities today.”
The Taliban spokesman said: “the media should consider issues such as Islamic principles, national interests, preventing rumors, and respect for the privacy of individuals when reporting.”
The meeting commemorating World Press Freedom Day by the Taliban Ministry of Information and Culture and the Federation of Journalists and Media Institutions in Kabul highlighted the problems of freedom of expression, access to information and media work.
Mujahid, The Taliban spokesman acknowledged some information problems and called on the media and journalists to avoid misunderstandings; Islamic principles, national interests, prevention of propaganda, respect for the privacy of individuals when reporting.
Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, while confirming some problems in the field of information, assured the commitment of the Islamic Emirate to the freedom of the media and the right of access to information. Mujahid praised the continuity of the work of the media and the efforts of journalists and the media, and called criticism an important principle for reform in the system.
The spokesman of the Islamic Emirate and the Deputy Minister of Publications of the Ministry of Information and Culture asked the media and journalists to consider the following issues while reporting in order to prevent misunderstandings:
1- Islamic principles
2- High national interests
3- Preventing rumors
4- Respect for the privacy of individuals
Mujahid added that as a result of the efforts of the Ministry of Information and Culture, the Commission for Investigation of Media Violations and the Commission for the Right to Information will resume its activities today.
Mujahid added that the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has also proposed to reduce the financial expenses of the media and will cooperate with the media in this regard soon.
Abuzar Sarem Sarpuli, a member of the leadership board of the Federation of Journalists and Media of Afghanistan, on behalf of the federation, guests and members of the leadership of the Ministry of Information and Culture, said in part that the Federation of Journalists and Media is in constant contact with the Ministry of Information and Culture and others. The relevant institution in the Islamic Emirate is trying to provide better conditions for media activity and freedom of expression and the right to access information so that journalists can continue to report in a calm and safe environment.
Matin, the head of the National House of Journalists of Afghanistan, said: “Our commitment to work and support the media and journalists is strong and no institution or individual can undermine our determination.”
Hafizullah Barakzai, Chairman of the Council of Journalists of Afghanistan and a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Journalists and Media, the other speaker of the forum, while appreciating the action of the Ministry of Information and Culture to activate commissions to investigate media violations and access to information, called for unity. Mr. Barakzai called on the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) to fulfill its obligations and provide cash assistance to retired and poor journalists through their bank accounts.
The head of the Afghan Journalists’ Council also called for the start of a transparent process for the accountability of individuals and departments who have received money from various sources to assist journalists.
Barakzai called the federation the joint home of journalists and the media, adding that the legal and legitimate defense of the rights of every journalist and every media outlet is the federation’s duty, the head of the Afghan Journalists’ Council called on the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) to fulfill its obligations and provide cash assistance to retired and poor journalists. and help the poor in cash.
Barakzai also called for a transparent process to account for individuals and departments who have received money from various sources to help journalists.
Hemad, the head of publications of the Ministry of Information and Culture, said: “Of the 405 audio and video media that have been licensed since 2003, 71 media have been deactivated and only 10 media have canceled their licenses.”
Abdul Haq Hemmad, director of publications at the Ministry of Information and Culture, said: “There are 405 audio and video media outlets registered in the ministry throughout Afghanistan since 2003. They have obtained their licenses. “The number of media outlets that are now active as a result of the Ministry of Media Survey is 198 media outlets across Afghanistan.”
At the same time, a number of media-supporting organizations that attended the meeting called on the Islamic Emirate to respect the principles of the work of the media and journalists.
Mohammad Bashir Atef, a member of the Federation of Journalists said: “The government must eliminate the sense of suspicion towards journalists and instruct all their officials to respect the rights of journalists.”
Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Islamic Emirate, called on media officials to consider national interests and Islamic principles in publishing and disseminating content.
However, the suspension of the right to information commissions and media violations have been among the issues that had always have series of criticizes.
At the same time, a number of journalists consider the establishment of this commission to be effective in addressing the problems of journalists and supporting journalists.
Omar Farooqi, a journalist, hopes that the establishment of these commissions will also reduce cases of violence against journalists. By establishing these commissions, cases of violence against journalists will also be reduced.
Sediqa Arezo says that given the large number of journalists arrested, threatened and beaten in the past eight months, the Islamic Emirate’s move to set up these commissions could raise hopes that these cases will be addressed and reduced.