Culture Bakhtar News Agency is the official state news agency of the Afghan government, based in Kabul. The agency is a major source of news for all media in Afghanistan, gathering domestic and international news and providing information to outlets. http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture.feed 2018-08-20T20:46:40Z Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management MoIC’s Message On Afghanistan 99th Independence Anniversary 2018-08-19T11:18:43Z 2018-08-19T11:18:43Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/34465-moic’s-message-on-afghanistan-99th-independence-anniversary.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/dab027bae5c26a6828e7b1e87a21fe5b_S.jpg" alt="MoIC’s Message On Afghanistan 99th Independence Anniversary" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Sunday August 19, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Supported by his brave nation, the country&rsquo;s hero, King Amanullah Khan could regain the independence of the country from the great British Empire in 1919. The Afghans&rsquo; strong war and uprising became an example for tens of other countries under colonialism and helped them reach their own independence. The Ministry of Information and Culture calls the era of Ghazi Amanullah Khan as a golden era of the county&rsquo;s history. King Amanullah Khan wanted Afghanistan reach progress, self-sufficiency and through this could reach the apex of its targets. On the occasion of the country&rsquo;s 99th independence the leadership of the Ministry of Information and Culture calls on the entire respected Afghans, to follow the country&rsquo;s national hero and admire their prides as their example, by protecting the country&rsquo;s national values. Hoping a sustainable peace and stability in the country.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/dab027bae5c26a6828e7b1e87a21fe5b_S.jpg" alt="MoIC’s Message On Afghanistan 99th Independence Anniversary" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Sunday August 19, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Supported by his brave nation, the country&rsquo;s hero, King Amanullah Khan could regain the independence of the country from the great British Empire in 1919. The Afghans&rsquo; strong war and uprising became an example for tens of other countries under colonialism and helped them reach their own independence. The Ministry of Information and Culture calls the era of Ghazi Amanullah Khan as a golden era of the county&rsquo;s history. King Amanullah Khan wanted Afghanistan reach progress, self-sufficiency and through this could reach the apex of its targets. On the occasion of the country&rsquo;s 99th independence the leadership of the Ministry of Information and Culture calls on the entire respected Afghans, to follow the country&rsquo;s national hero and admire their prides as their example, by protecting the country&rsquo;s national values. Hoping a sustainable peace and stability in the country.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> Establishing More Capacities Within MoIC Stressed 2018-08-18T06:42:58Z 2018-08-18T06:42:58Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/34457-establishing-more-capacities-within-moic-stressed.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/5c771b639a49f0a06802c870c82b74ce_S.jpg" alt="Establishing More Capacities Within MoIC Stressed" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Saturday August 18, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Acting and nominee Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi stressed on bringing reforms and establishing more capacities in her ministry, BNA reported.<br /> During a meeting attended by the ministry&rsquo;s directors and deputy ministers, Ms. Safi said, the ministry&rsquo;s works had earlier been facing with challenges and problems and a criticizing view is existed against that, however, the ministry has done much in the respect. This comes as recently, a delegation of civil services and administrative reforms commission has done a fifteen-day scrutiny in the ministry of information and culture. The delegation&rsquo;s report stated some points in the ministry of information and culture such as bringing reforms in short-term, middle-term and long-term, the ways of spending development and ordinary budget, the supervision mechanism on execution of strategy, structural issues and defects in the ministry. In a part of the report briefed by the ministry&rsquo;s legal advisor Delawar Nazirzoy, it pointed out that however, there are 200 vacant posts in the ministry, but the employees have been recruited based on contracts. Acting MoIC Ms. Safi said the in-charges should follow their inspections, analyzing Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT). She pointed out we should align the ministry of information and culture&rsquo;s strategy based on requirements not based on anything else. Ms. Safi stressed that inspection of the ministry of information and culture&rsquo;s duties is vital, but it would not affect the employees&rsquo; duties and the ministry&rsquo;s structural issues.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/5c771b639a49f0a06802c870c82b74ce_S.jpg" alt="Establishing More Capacities Within MoIC Stressed" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Saturday August 18, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Acting and nominee Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi stressed on bringing reforms and establishing more capacities in her ministry, BNA reported.<br /> During a meeting attended by the ministry&rsquo;s directors and deputy ministers, Ms. Safi said, the ministry&rsquo;s works had earlier been facing with challenges and problems and a criticizing view is existed against that, however, the ministry has done much in the respect. This comes as recently, a delegation of civil services and administrative reforms commission has done a fifteen-day scrutiny in the ministry of information and culture. The delegation&rsquo;s report stated some points in the ministry of information and culture such as bringing reforms in short-term, middle-term and long-term, the ways of spending development and ordinary budget, the supervision mechanism on execution of strategy, structural issues and defects in the ministry. In a part of the report briefed by the ministry&rsquo;s legal advisor Delawar Nazirzoy, it pointed out that however, there are 200 vacant posts in the ministry, but the employees have been recruited based on contracts. Acting MoIC Ms. Safi said the in-charges should follow their inspections, analyzing Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT). She pointed out we should align the ministry of information and culture&rsquo;s strategy based on requirements not based on anything else. Ms. Safi stressed that inspection of the ministry of information and culture&rsquo;s duties is vital, but it would not affect the employees&rsquo; duties and the ministry&rsquo;s structural issues.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> Construction Work of Public Library Initiated 2018-08-16T11:19:20Z 2018-08-16T11:19:20Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/34442-construction-work-of-public-library-initiated.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/91f308eb44f1eea661c1d9024ec50920_S.jpg" alt="Construction Work of Public Library Initiated" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Thursday August 16, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Construction work of public library has begun in central Parwan province the other day.<br /> According to BNA correspondent report, during laying foundation stone of the library Abdul Wahed Hashimi head of information and culture department of Parwan told, the building of the library to be built at the sum of 43,000 USD funded by India on 180 acres of land within the next four months.<br /> Fazluddin Ayar governor of Parwan during the ceremony appreciated from cooperation of India, particularly in implementing public utility projects.<br /> M.A.Ansari<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/91f308eb44f1eea661c1d9024ec50920_S.jpg" alt="Construction Work of Public Library Initiated" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Thursday August 16, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Construction work of public library has begun in central Parwan province the other day.<br /> According to BNA correspondent report, during laying foundation stone of the library Abdul Wahed Hashimi head of information and culture department of Parwan told, the building of the library to be built at the sum of 43,000 USD funded by India on 180 acres of land within the next four months.<br /> Fazluddin Ayar governor of Parwan during the ceremony appreciated from cooperation of India, particularly in implementing public utility projects.<br /> M.A.Ansari<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> Journalism As Jihad In Afghanistan 2018-08-16T11:17:40Z 2018-08-16T11:17:40Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/34440-journalism-as-jihad-in-afghanistan.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/2b1a3d725139b2e296cccdfa811f44d0_S.jpg" alt="Journalism As Jihad In Afghanistan" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Thursday August 16, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) The newsreel depicts soviet tanks winding their way along the Kabul River. It at first appears to be a tranquil scene. But as the path narrows, Afghan rebels launch a surprise attack. Artillery is exchanged. Smoke billows. The camera does not waiver.<br /> The clip featured in a broadcast on CBS in 1987, offering a rare glimpse into the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Yet what made the film famous, then infamous, was not its content but the man behind the lens. Mohammed Salam, the video journalist who captured the footage, was part of a controversial US government-funded initiative to arm members of the Afghan mujahideen not with AK47s but with pens and camcorders, in order to document the war.<br /> In 1978, a Communist coup in Afghanistan, and a subsequent Soviet invasion, prompted one of the largest and most sustained covert operations in the CIA&rsquo;s history. For more than a decade, &ldquo;Operation Cyclone,&rdquo; as it was called, pumped billions of dollars in arms and economic assistance to Afghan resistance parties. A lesser-known proxy war was also being waged through the press.<br /> This was not easy. The Soviet-Afghan War is sometimes referred to as &ldquo;the hidden war&rdquo; for its inscrutability to foreign journalists; during the height of the conflict, according to one report, fewer than a dozen foreign correspondents could be found in Afghanistan. Mobility was a problem&mdash;there were no planes that could parachute correspondents onto bases; no insulated, securitized hotels in the high passes of the Hindu Kush; and Western journalists were sought-after targets. During the Vietnam War, which&mdash;with new visual technologies and increased media access&mdash;had transformed the way the world saw military operations, people around the world could witness the quagmire of US troops in real time. More than 400 American and European reporters had been in Vietnam; dozens of camera crews were embedded in the field with troops. Now the Soviets were undergoing their own Vietnam and, much to the dismay of US policy makers and Cold War hawks, nobody was watching.<br /> In 1985, to solve this problem, Congress approved a $500,000 grant for the United States Information Agency, a department devoted to &ldquo;public diplomacy,&rdquo; to establish a journalism school for Afghan rebels. According to Alvin Snyder, who worked for the agency at the time, arming guerrillas with minicams was a simple, cost-effective way to deliver press attention. &ldquo;Imagine the pictures they will be able to get!&rdquo; he wrote in a memo, excerpted in his memoir.<br /> For those who signed on&mdash;including Nick Mills, a photographer who was recruited by BU to head the program in Peshawar, and Stephen Olsson, who supervised the video training of the rebels&mdash;the grant presented more of an opportunity than a liability. &ldquo;There was a dearth of news, and I think all of us felt really a professional calling,&rdquo; Olsson tells CJR. Armed with a verbal guarantee from the USIA that the government would stay out of the editing room, Mills went to Peshawar in 1986 as field director of the project. In 1987, the Afghan Media Resource Center began its work training rebels in the art of reporting.&nbsp; Haji Daud, who would eventually become the director of the AMRC, was one such rebel journalist. Daud, now 67, is a tall, soft-spoken man, whose life trajectory mirrors that of Afghan media. He knew that he wanted to be a journalist from his early childhood, in the Eastern province of Nangarhar. Nangarhar, today an ISIL base and the focus of retaliatory US airstrikes,&nbsp; was, in his boyhood memories, an idyllic and welcoming place where tourists could walk the streets unbothered. Daud&rsquo;s father was educated during the first years of Afghan independence and he wanted his eldest son&mdash;one of eight children&mdash;to be a teacher. Daud, however, was always writing articles. In elementary school, he reported on his teachers, and later, he served as editor of his high school&rsquo;s Pashto-language paper. In 1973, when Daud went to study journalism at Kabul University, he couldn&rsquo;t know how much things would change over the subsequent decade. The year he graduated was the year Afghanistan&rsquo;s Communist party came into power. &ldquo;There was no independent media in Afghanistan anymore because everything was taken from Pravda,&rdquo; he says, referring to the paper which served as the official mouthpiece of the Soviet Communist Party. He took a job producing cultural programs for Kabul TV, but it quickly became clear to him that he could not, in good conscience, work for censored media. In 1980, feeling the pull of the resistance movement, Daud moved to Peshawar and joined the mujahideen.<br /> Peshawar, a broad valley surrounded on three sides by high mountains and connected to Afghanistan through the Khyber Pass, became a microcosm of the myriad Soviet-Afghan War-era collisions. Internationally funded aid organizations driven by anti-Communism, Saudi-backed militias, Pakistani authorities, and millions of refugees all converged there, as it served as the hub of the Afghan resistance. The resisters were organized into seven major mujahideen parties, through which aid and assistance were funneled; upon arrival in Peshawar, all refugees were required to register with one of these parties in order to get an identification card.<br /> People were moved to join to one party or another for a variety of reasons&mdash;infrastructure, kinship networks, the quality of the militia&mdash;and Daud chose the resistance party with the best media outfit: Burhanuddin Rabani&rsquo;s Jamiat-i Islami. Daud had one condition to Rabani: that he be allowed to work independently and professionally. This was not a given. At the time, most parties contained a propaganda wing that would churn out newsletters minimizing their defeats and exaggerating their victories.<br /> It was from such propaganda offices that the AMRC gathered many of its first round of recruits, in 1987. Three to four candidates were chosen from each party. As Mills recalls, the first class of journalists had 45 students&mdash;15 devoted to print, 15 to photography, and 15 to film. Training involved having recruits cover fake accidents or attacks in order to practice working under pressure. In the early days, they did not have a dark room, so photographers would have to trudge down to the bazaar in order to develop their film. The new journalists also learned how to write interview questions based on scripts given to them by Olsson. Here, the main focus was on using objective language and framing. &ldquo;We sort of trained them not to do what their parties had been doing,&rdquo; Mills recalls. &ldquo;In their newsletters, they were all martyrs who had gone to their reward. But in our stuff, no martyrs, just dead people.&rdquo;<br /> The question of objectivity seems to dog the work of the AMRC&mdash;precisely, because, these reporters walked a fine line between journalist and mujahid. For Daud, however, there was no contradiction. Mujahideen comes from the Arabic word jihad&mdash;a word that, according to Daud, is too often understood in narrow terms of violence and explosions; for him, showing the world the plight and resistance of Afghans is a form of jihad in its most literal definition, a struggle for what is right. &ldquo;Jihad doesn&rsquo;t mean only killing people, jihad doesn&rsquo;t mean only fighting,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;You can do jihad by pen. You can do jihad by camera.&rdquo;<br /> Upon completing their training, AMRC journalists were sent into the field in teams of three&mdash;a reporter, a photographer, and a cameraman&mdash;under the protection of a commander. After months of traveling with the militias, often on foot and out of contact with their supervisors, they would return to Peshawar. Olsson, Mills, and Daud would oversee the editing, captioning, and voice-overs for the material, which was then sent through DHL to global syndication services like Visnews (which later became Reuters) and WTN. Although the footage was legally banned from appearing in the US by the Smith-Mundt Act&mdash;which prevents government-funded media from being broadcast&mdash;some pieces, like the Kabul River clip aired by CBS News, found their way into American homes.<br /> In 1992, USIA ceased funding the project, and in 1999 the agency dissolved. But the AMRC has remained active under Daud&rsquo;s stewardship. Between 1987 and 2012, it produced some 3,000 hours of videotape, 100,000 negatives and slides, and 500 hours of audio recordings.<br /> It is difficult to know exactly what to make of this material, some of which has recently been archived by the Library of Congress and is now being digitized by the Internet Archives. It is not always technically perfect, and critics might call into question its journalistic integrity. Yet for every combat scene there is also a revealing snapshot of everyday life: an old fighter telling a joke as he gestures with his prosthetic limb, young men fishing with dynamite, a flat round of bread being cooked over a tandoor. Objective or not, such images provide rich, eyewitness accounts of daily life in a country whose decades of conflicts&mdash;and the people impacted&mdash;go largely unseen.<br /> Cjr<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/2b1a3d725139b2e296cccdfa811f44d0_S.jpg" alt="Journalism As Jihad In Afghanistan" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Thursday August 16, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) The newsreel depicts soviet tanks winding their way along the Kabul River. It at first appears to be a tranquil scene. But as the path narrows, Afghan rebels launch a surprise attack. Artillery is exchanged. Smoke billows. The camera does not waiver.<br /> The clip featured in a broadcast on CBS in 1987, offering a rare glimpse into the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Yet what made the film famous, then infamous, was not its content but the man behind the lens. Mohammed Salam, the video journalist who captured the footage, was part of a controversial US government-funded initiative to arm members of the Afghan mujahideen not with AK47s but with pens and camcorders, in order to document the war.<br /> In 1978, a Communist coup in Afghanistan, and a subsequent Soviet invasion, prompted one of the largest and most sustained covert operations in the CIA&rsquo;s history. For more than a decade, &ldquo;Operation Cyclone,&rdquo; as it was called, pumped billions of dollars in arms and economic assistance to Afghan resistance parties. A lesser-known proxy war was also being waged through the press.<br /> This was not easy. The Soviet-Afghan War is sometimes referred to as &ldquo;the hidden war&rdquo; for its inscrutability to foreign journalists; during the height of the conflict, according to one report, fewer than a dozen foreign correspondents could be found in Afghanistan. Mobility was a problem&mdash;there were no planes that could parachute correspondents onto bases; no insulated, securitized hotels in the high passes of the Hindu Kush; and Western journalists were sought-after targets. During the Vietnam War, which&mdash;with new visual technologies and increased media access&mdash;had transformed the way the world saw military operations, people around the world could witness the quagmire of US troops in real time. More than 400 American and European reporters had been in Vietnam; dozens of camera crews were embedded in the field with troops. Now the Soviets were undergoing their own Vietnam and, much to the dismay of US policy makers and Cold War hawks, nobody was watching.<br /> In 1985, to solve this problem, Congress approved a $500,000 grant for the United States Information Agency, a department devoted to &ldquo;public diplomacy,&rdquo; to establish a journalism school for Afghan rebels. According to Alvin Snyder, who worked for the agency at the time, arming guerrillas with minicams was a simple, cost-effective way to deliver press attention. &ldquo;Imagine the pictures they will be able to get!&rdquo; he wrote in a memo, excerpted in his memoir.<br /> For those who signed on&mdash;including Nick Mills, a photographer who was recruited by BU to head the program in Peshawar, and Stephen Olsson, who supervised the video training of the rebels&mdash;the grant presented more of an opportunity than a liability. &ldquo;There was a dearth of news, and I think all of us felt really a professional calling,&rdquo; Olsson tells CJR. Armed with a verbal guarantee from the USIA that the government would stay out of the editing room, Mills went to Peshawar in 1986 as field director of the project. In 1987, the Afghan Media Resource Center began its work training rebels in the art of reporting.&nbsp; Haji Daud, who would eventually become the director of the AMRC, was one such rebel journalist. Daud, now 67, is a tall, soft-spoken man, whose life trajectory mirrors that of Afghan media. He knew that he wanted to be a journalist from his early childhood, in the Eastern province of Nangarhar. Nangarhar, today an ISIL base and the focus of retaliatory US airstrikes,&nbsp; was, in his boyhood memories, an idyllic and welcoming place where tourists could walk the streets unbothered. Daud&rsquo;s father was educated during the first years of Afghan independence and he wanted his eldest son&mdash;one of eight children&mdash;to be a teacher. Daud, however, was always writing articles. In elementary school, he reported on his teachers, and later, he served as editor of his high school&rsquo;s Pashto-language paper. In 1973, when Daud went to study journalism at Kabul University, he couldn&rsquo;t know how much things would change over the subsequent decade. The year he graduated was the year Afghanistan&rsquo;s Communist party came into power. &ldquo;There was no independent media in Afghanistan anymore because everything was taken from Pravda,&rdquo; he says, referring to the paper which served as the official mouthpiece of the Soviet Communist Party. He took a job producing cultural programs for Kabul TV, but it quickly became clear to him that he could not, in good conscience, work for censored media. In 1980, feeling the pull of the resistance movement, Daud moved to Peshawar and joined the mujahideen.<br /> Peshawar, a broad valley surrounded on three sides by high mountains and connected to Afghanistan through the Khyber Pass, became a microcosm of the myriad Soviet-Afghan War-era collisions. Internationally funded aid organizations driven by anti-Communism, Saudi-backed militias, Pakistani authorities, and millions of refugees all converged there, as it served as the hub of the Afghan resistance. The resisters were organized into seven major mujahideen parties, through which aid and assistance were funneled; upon arrival in Peshawar, all refugees were required to register with one of these parties in order to get an identification card.<br /> People were moved to join to one party or another for a variety of reasons&mdash;infrastructure, kinship networks, the quality of the militia&mdash;and Daud chose the resistance party with the best media outfit: Burhanuddin Rabani&rsquo;s Jamiat-i Islami. Daud had one condition to Rabani: that he be allowed to work independently and professionally. This was not a given. At the time, most parties contained a propaganda wing that would churn out newsletters minimizing their defeats and exaggerating their victories.<br /> It was from such propaganda offices that the AMRC gathered many of its first round of recruits, in 1987. Three to four candidates were chosen from each party. As Mills recalls, the first class of journalists had 45 students&mdash;15 devoted to print, 15 to photography, and 15 to film. Training involved having recruits cover fake accidents or attacks in order to practice working under pressure. In the early days, they did not have a dark room, so photographers would have to trudge down to the bazaar in order to develop their film. The new journalists also learned how to write interview questions based on scripts given to them by Olsson. Here, the main focus was on using objective language and framing. &ldquo;We sort of trained them not to do what their parties had been doing,&rdquo; Mills recalls. &ldquo;In their newsletters, they were all martyrs who had gone to their reward. But in our stuff, no martyrs, just dead people.&rdquo;<br /> The question of objectivity seems to dog the work of the AMRC&mdash;precisely, because, these reporters walked a fine line between journalist and mujahid. For Daud, however, there was no contradiction. Mujahideen comes from the Arabic word jihad&mdash;a word that, according to Daud, is too often understood in narrow terms of violence and explosions; for him, showing the world the plight and resistance of Afghans is a form of jihad in its most literal definition, a struggle for what is right. &ldquo;Jihad doesn&rsquo;t mean only killing people, jihad doesn&rsquo;t mean only fighting,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;You can do jihad by pen. You can do jihad by camera.&rdquo;<br /> Upon completing their training, AMRC journalists were sent into the field in teams of three&mdash;a reporter, a photographer, and a cameraman&mdash;under the protection of a commander. After months of traveling with the militias, often on foot and out of contact with their supervisors, they would return to Peshawar. Olsson, Mills, and Daud would oversee the editing, captioning, and voice-overs for the material, which was then sent through DHL to global syndication services like Visnews (which later became Reuters) and WTN. Although the footage was legally banned from appearing in the US by the Smith-Mundt Act&mdash;which prevents government-funded media from being broadcast&mdash;some pieces, like the Kabul River clip aired by CBS News, found their way into American homes.<br /> In 1992, USIA ceased funding the project, and in 1999 the agency dissolved. But the AMRC has remained active under Daud&rsquo;s stewardship. Between 1987 and 2012, it produced some 3,000 hours of videotape, 100,000 negatives and slides, and 500 hours of audio recordings.<br /> It is difficult to know exactly what to make of this material, some of which has recently been archived by the Library of Congress and is now being digitized by the Internet Archives. It is not always technically perfect, and critics might call into question its journalistic integrity. Yet for every combat scene there is also a revealing snapshot of everyday life: an old fighter telling a joke as he gestures with his prosthetic limb, young men fishing with dynamite, a flat round of bread being cooked over a tandoor. Objective or not, such images provide rich, eyewitness accounts of daily life in a country whose decades of conflicts&mdash;and the people impacted&mdash;go largely unseen.<br /> Cjr<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> MoIC’s Statement 2018-08-15T08:22:16Z 2018-08-15T08:22:16Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/34433-moic’s-statement.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/0977d9b3e3f1be59923ace9e499bbda6_S.jpg" alt="MoIC’s Statement" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Wednesday August 15, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan is in a very sensitive situation and the country&rsquo;s enemies have widely begun attacks against our people and would not have mercy on anyone or any place.<br /> They target men and women, children, journalists, workers, government employees, religious scholars, teachers and the security forces as well as historical monuments, cultural heritages, government and private organs. In such a situation, it is needed to remain beside each other and stand besides Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and support them. Highlighting problems and challenges as well as weaknesses if it is true, only means to sharpen the insurgent&rsquo;s blade and would help them achieve their vicious goals. Therefore, it is better to limit the waves of criticisms and stop actions that help enhance the insurgents&rsquo; morale. The ministry of information and culture is accurately supervising the media, particularly the activities in social media. Thus, it is hoped that in such a situation, we feel ourselves more responsible and appropriately use our rights and freedoms based on enforced laws of the country. There is no doubt that the ministry of information and culture is committed to protect freedom of expression and the right to access transparent and proper information. The ministry hopes the media to reflect true news and they should not allow rumors replace with correct information.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/0977d9b3e3f1be59923ace9e499bbda6_S.jpg" alt="MoIC’s Statement" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Wednesday August 15, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan is in a very sensitive situation and the country&rsquo;s enemies have widely begun attacks against our people and would not have mercy on anyone or any place.<br /> They target men and women, children, journalists, workers, government employees, religious scholars, teachers and the security forces as well as historical monuments, cultural heritages, government and private organs. In such a situation, it is needed to remain beside each other and stand besides Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and support them. Highlighting problems and challenges as well as weaknesses if it is true, only means to sharpen the insurgent&rsquo;s blade and would help them achieve their vicious goals. Therefore, it is better to limit the waves of criticisms and stop actions that help enhance the insurgents&rsquo; morale. The ministry of information and culture is accurately supervising the media, particularly the activities in social media. Thus, it is hoped that in such a situation, we feel ourselves more responsible and appropriately use our rights and freedoms based on enforced laws of the country. There is no doubt that the ministry of information and culture is committed to protect freedom of expression and the right to access transparent and proper information. The ministry hopes the media to reflect true news and they should not allow rumors replace with correct information.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> Charter on Prevention of Harassment of Female Reporters Signed 2018-08-15T08:18:03Z 2018-08-15T08:18:03Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/34431-charter-on-prevention-of-harassment-of-female-reporters-signed.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/c022ea7f21bd15d01d51c2eb90a5aacd_S.jpg" alt="Charter on Prevention of Harassment of Female Reporters Signed" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Wednesday August 15, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Female journalists supporting center in Afghanistan held a meeting on Tuesday to prevent women harassment in media outlets, BNA, reported.<br /> During the meeting, some media in-charges inked a charter on prevention from women harassment in media outlets. At the outset, head of female journalists supporting center Farida Nikzad while expressing concern asked media in-charges to cooperate with her entity on fighting violence against female journalists and those working in media and don&rsquo;t let any woman or girl suffer in the respect or forced to leave her job. Expressing concern over women situation in the country, deputy minister of information and culture on publication affairs Fazel Sancharaki clarified that rampant intellectual and cultural situation has caused historical deprivations and hidden pains in the society, thus, to fight women harassment, continued intellectual and cultural works should be done. He also said a committee under the ministry of information and culture&rsquo;s gender department has been created to address women problems. Likewise, a women rights activist Weeda Saghari spoke and shared her view in this regard. At the end, a charter arranged by female journalists supporting center in Afghanistan was signed by some media in-charges, within which the media have been asked to cooperate with the entity in fighting women harassment.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/c022ea7f21bd15d01d51c2eb90a5aacd_S.jpg" alt="Charter on Prevention of Harassment of Female Reporters Signed" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Wednesday August 15, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Female journalists supporting center in Afghanistan held a meeting on Tuesday to prevent women harassment in media outlets, BNA, reported.<br /> During the meeting, some media in-charges inked a charter on prevention from women harassment in media outlets. At the outset, head of female journalists supporting center Farida Nikzad while expressing concern asked media in-charges to cooperate with her entity on fighting violence against female journalists and those working in media and don&rsquo;t let any woman or girl suffer in the respect or forced to leave her job. Expressing concern over women situation in the country, deputy minister of information and culture on publication affairs Fazel Sancharaki clarified that rampant intellectual and cultural situation has caused historical deprivations and hidden pains in the society, thus, to fight women harassment, continued intellectual and cultural works should be done. He also said a committee under the ministry of information and culture&rsquo;s gender department has been created to address women problems. Likewise, a women rights activist Weeda Saghari spoke and shared her view in this regard. At the end, a charter arranged by female journalists supporting center in Afghanistan was signed by some media in-charges, within which the media have been asked to cooperate with the entity in fighting women harassment.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> Archeologists Discover Ancient Sites In Bamyan 2018-08-14T06:11:07Z 2018-08-14T06:11:07Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/34414-archeologists-discover-ancient-sites-in-bamyan.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/16e612b945a0952cd46e0d0670a78260_S.jpg" alt="Archeologists Discover Ancient Sites In Bamyan" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Tuesday, August 14, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Tuesday, August 14, 2018<br /> Kabul (BNA) An old fort surrounded by forty protection towers located in second Yekawalang district, Bamyan province according to its paintings and architecture belongs to Buddhism and Islamic eras.<br /> In an interview with The Kabul Times reporter, acting head of Bamyan provincial department of information and culture Ahmad Hussain Ahmadpoor said, fortunately, historical sites are abundant in Bamyan.<br /> Almost 20 days earlier, a team of MoIC archaeologists and cultural experts visited five historical sites in Saighan district. Another important historical sites of Qala Sarposhak was surveyed in Shebar district recently too.<br /> Ahmadpoor added there is an underground cave that takes 40 minutes that leads to a spring that supplies water. Currently there are 37 semi-destroyed towers in this site and some paintings could be seen on their walls. No archeological researches have taken place there, but it seems to belong to Buddhist and Islamic eras. This area contains a vast compound and one stupa called Chelagan. There are other historical sites in this district too which are closely related to each other.<br /> Historically these architectures are similar to Shahr-e-Zuhak. All these sites require strong care and rebuilding. &ldquo;Without cooperation of the MoIC, we cannot take any step. We have only one archeologist in Bamyan while for archaeological researches a strong team is direly needed plus sufficient budget,&rdquo; he added.<br /> Acting head went on saying that Chelborj was in a bad condition and in urgent need of rebuilding<br /> This area has plenty of visitors.<br /> Talking on illegal excavations, Ahmadpoor said, fortunately in recent years, security forces have been stationed there and take care of ancient sites and prevent illegal excavations.<br /> &ldquo;One CP has been set up in Chehelborj site and for the moment we have no concern on illegal excavations as so far no legal excavations have taken place.&rdquo;<br /> Rebuilding of Chehelborj brings good revenue to the government but one of the main problem is lack of good roads and visitors and tourists are facing problems and due to bad unpaved roads even some tourists and visitors avoid going there.<br /> Karima Malikzada<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/16e612b945a0952cd46e0d0670a78260_S.jpg" alt="Archeologists Discover Ancient Sites In Bamyan" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Tuesday, August 14, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Tuesday, August 14, 2018<br /> Kabul (BNA) An old fort surrounded by forty protection towers located in second Yekawalang district, Bamyan province according to its paintings and architecture belongs to Buddhism and Islamic eras.<br /> In an interview with The Kabul Times reporter, acting head of Bamyan provincial department of information and culture Ahmad Hussain Ahmadpoor said, fortunately, historical sites are abundant in Bamyan.<br /> Almost 20 days earlier, a team of MoIC archaeologists and cultural experts visited five historical sites in Saighan district. Another important historical sites of Qala Sarposhak was surveyed in Shebar district recently too.<br /> Ahmadpoor added there is an underground cave that takes 40 minutes that leads to a spring that supplies water. Currently there are 37 semi-destroyed towers in this site and some paintings could be seen on their walls. No archeological researches have taken place there, but it seems to belong to Buddhist and Islamic eras. This area contains a vast compound and one stupa called Chelagan. There are other historical sites in this district too which are closely related to each other.<br /> Historically these architectures are similar to Shahr-e-Zuhak. All these sites require strong care and rebuilding. &ldquo;Without cooperation of the MoIC, we cannot take any step. We have only one archeologist in Bamyan while for archaeological researches a strong team is direly needed plus sufficient budget,&rdquo; he added.<br /> Acting head went on saying that Chelborj was in a bad condition and in urgent need of rebuilding<br /> This area has plenty of visitors.<br /> Talking on illegal excavations, Ahmadpoor said, fortunately in recent years, security forces have been stationed there and take care of ancient sites and prevent illegal excavations.<br /> &ldquo;One CP has been set up in Chehelborj site and for the moment we have no concern on illegal excavations as so far no legal excavations have taken place.&rdquo;<br /> Rebuilding of Chehelborj brings good revenue to the government but one of the main problem is lack of good roads and visitors and tourists are facing problems and due to bad unpaved roads even some tourists and visitors avoid going there.<br /> Karima Malikzada<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> Sancharaki Inaugurates Photo Exhibition In National Archive 2018-08-14T06:09:01Z 2018-08-14T06:09:01Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/34413-sancharaki-inaugurates-photo-exhibition-in-national-archive.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/6d685ac53e86b2a38d0cefa70bcdec9a_S.jpg" alt="Sancharaki Inaugurates Photo Exhibition In National Archive" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Tuesday, August 14, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Fazel Sancharaki, the Deputy Minister of Information and Culture on Publications Affairs, the other day has opened the photo exhibition in the National Achieve, BNA reported Monday.<br /> Up to 100 of the old Kabul city photos have been displayed in the show, which is expected to continue for one week, said the agency.<br /> The deputy minister speaking on the occasion, said: &ldquo;Today&rsquo;s photo exhibition features the past Kabul city face and remind the young generation with the past architectural and art relics of the ancient city and the ministry supports holding of such exhibition said the agency.<br /> The National Achieve Director, Mohammad Afsar Rahbin also spoke in the ceremony and said up to 100 pictures from the old Kabul city were displayed, a move which could be called a link between the old and new Kabul, recalling the life style and culture of the old Kabul city, the agency said.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/6d685ac53e86b2a38d0cefa70bcdec9a_S.jpg" alt="Sancharaki Inaugurates Photo Exhibition In National Archive" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Tuesday, August 14, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Fazel Sancharaki, the Deputy Minister of Information and Culture on Publications Affairs, the other day has opened the photo exhibition in the National Achieve, BNA reported Monday.<br /> Up to 100 of the old Kabul city photos have been displayed in the show, which is expected to continue for one week, said the agency.<br /> The deputy minister speaking on the occasion, said: &ldquo;Today&rsquo;s photo exhibition features the past Kabul city face and remind the young generation with the past architectural and art relics of the ancient city and the ministry supports holding of such exhibition said the agency.<br /> The National Achieve Director, Mohammad Afsar Rahbin also spoke in the ceremony and said up to 100 pictures from the old Kabul city were displayed, a move which could be called a link between the old and new Kabul, recalling the life style and culture of the old Kabul city, the agency said.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> ‘Social Media Rumors Against Afghan Noble Traditions’ 2018-08-14T06:07:25Z 2018-08-14T06:07:25Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/34412-‘social-media-rumors-against-afghan-noble-traditions’.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/366660950f93d5df728f9685c783abac_S.jpg" alt="‘Social Media Rumors Against Afghan Noble Traditions’" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Tuesday, August 14, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA)&nbsp; The Ministry of Information and Culture, in a statement on Monday, strongly rejected as baseless what it described a social media rumor toward the acting minister Hasina Safi&rsquo;s allegedly announcement of a ban on the traditional Chadari (a type of full face to toe burqa) by the Afghan women.<br /> The statement quoted the acting and nominee minister of information and culture to say that she was strongly committed to the country&rsquo;s accepted traditions, under the sacred religious teachings and noble Afghan culture.<br /> &ldquo;Ms. Safi, since the beginning of her tenure as the acting and nominee minister of information and culture has tried to further popularize the country&rsquo;s accepted traditions,&rdquo; said the statement.<br /> The statement blamed those ominous circles who wanted to create obstacles before the popularization of the country&rsquo;s noble traditions and culture, are spreading rumor to disturb the pubic minds.&nbsp; &ldquo;Such behaviors have clearly been described in the mass media law.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/366660950f93d5df728f9685c783abac_S.jpg" alt="‘Social Media Rumors Against Afghan Noble Traditions’" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Tuesday, August 14, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA)&nbsp; The Ministry of Information and Culture, in a statement on Monday, strongly rejected as baseless what it described a social media rumor toward the acting minister Hasina Safi&rsquo;s allegedly announcement of a ban on the traditional Chadari (a type of full face to toe burqa) by the Afghan women.<br /> The statement quoted the acting and nominee minister of information and culture to say that she was strongly committed to the country&rsquo;s accepted traditions, under the sacred religious teachings and noble Afghan culture.<br /> &ldquo;Ms. Safi, since the beginning of her tenure as the acting and nominee minister of information and culture has tried to further popularize the country&rsquo;s accepted traditions,&rdquo; said the statement.<br /> The statement blamed those ominous circles who wanted to create obstacles before the popularization of the country&rsquo;s noble traditions and culture, are spreading rumor to disturb the pubic minds.&nbsp; &ldquo;Such behaviors have clearly been described in the mass media law.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> Minister Safi, Chicago Institute Director Discuss Cultural Cooperation 2018-08-13T06:22:54Z 2018-08-13T06:22:54Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/34388-minister-safi-chicago-institute-director-discuss-cultural-cooperation.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/3db050fe99190168742722ff397ca7d6_S.jpg" alt="Minister Safi, Chicago Institute Director Discuss Cultural Cooperation" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Monday, August 13, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA)&nbsp; In a meeting with director of the US Chicago Institute, acting and nominee minister of information and culture Ms. Hasina Safi emphasized on organization&rsquo;s bolstered cooperation in cultural affairs, BNA reported yesterday.<br /> At the outset, director of the Chicago Institute briefed the acting minister on organization&rsquo;s cultural activities, in particular preservation of Afghanistan&rsquo;s Cultural Heritages, organizing training programs for National Museum staff and developing database as well as registering the museum&rsquo;s relics, the agency added.<br /> The director also assured of his organization&rsquo;s continued cooperation with Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC), adding cultural heritages having key role in establishing close ties among nations.<br /> Meanwhile Minister Safi praised Chicago Institute&rsquo;s cooperation with MoIC, saying Afghanistan had faced several challenges in different fields, including that of culture and fortunately eye-catching achievements made in this section in last 17 years, the agency added.<br /> Minister Safi went on saying that her led ministry was committed to protect cultural heritages and historical monuments, emphasizing on expansion of cooperation between MoIC and the Chicago institute.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/3db050fe99190168742722ff397ca7d6_S.jpg" alt="Minister Safi, Chicago Institute Director Discuss Cultural Cooperation" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Monday, August 13, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA)&nbsp; In a meeting with director of the US Chicago Institute, acting and nominee minister of information and culture Ms. Hasina Safi emphasized on organization&rsquo;s bolstered cooperation in cultural affairs, BNA reported yesterday.<br /> At the outset, director of the Chicago Institute briefed the acting minister on organization&rsquo;s cultural activities, in particular preservation of Afghanistan&rsquo;s Cultural Heritages, organizing training programs for National Museum staff and developing database as well as registering the museum&rsquo;s relics, the agency added.<br /> The director also assured of his organization&rsquo;s continued cooperation with Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC), adding cultural heritages having key role in establishing close ties among nations.<br /> Meanwhile Minister Safi praised Chicago Institute&rsquo;s cooperation with MoIC, saying Afghanistan had faced several challenges in different fields, including that of culture and fortunately eye-catching achievements made in this section in last 17 years, the agency added.<br /> Minister Safi went on saying that her led ministry was committed to protect cultural heritages and historical monuments, emphasizing on expansion of cooperation between MoIC and the Chicago institute.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div>