Afghan Independent Journalists Union’s Emphasis on Implementation of Media Laws and Attention to Media Problems
The Afghan Independent Journalists Union of Afghanistan and some provincial representatives in the meeting of the Deputy Minister of Information and Culture and the Director of Monitoring Publications described the financial situation of free media in the country as worrying and emphasized on joint efforts to resolve it.
Hujatullah Mujadidi, head of the Afghan Independent Journalists Union, emphasized on the implementation of media laws as soon as possible, said, “Free media in the country face problems such as high electricity costs, multiple taxation by different organs and a bad economic situation that require serious support.”
Mr. Mujadadi also said that joint work should be done on equipping media with solar system to avoid economic pressure and to end concerns about the high cost of electricity.
On the other hand, some provincial representatives in this meeting also described economic problems and lack of easy access to information in different cases as worrying and asked for the elimination of this problem at the provincial level.
In this meeting, Mawlawi Mohajer Farahi, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture and Mawlawi Abdul Wahid Reyhan, the head of the ministry’s publication monitoring, assured the media that they would support media freedom based on religious and national values.
The two officials of the Ministry of Information and Culture said that the process of database of journalists for card distribution and creation of facilities for timely access to information will be started.
Earlier, the leadership of the Afghan Independent Journalists Union in a meeting with the acting Ministry of Telecommunication also emphasized support for the media.