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Wednesday August 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) On the threshold of Afghanistan Independence Day, to be marked on August 10, a seminar titled ‘Review of historic period of Afghanistan press from 19 – 21 century’ was held by ministry of information and culture in Kabul. In the seminar attended by a number of representatives of people in parliament, media officials, foreign ambassadors to Afghanistan, writers and poets, deputy minister of publication affairs for information and culture Sayed Fazil Sancharaki while considering Afghanistan press as one of top press in the country’s history said the seminar was held on the threshold of marking Afghanistan Independence Day and to find previous root of the history of Afghanistan press, adding that they should know that today’s press was not unprecedented, but it had root in the history of Afghanistan. “In this seminar, we want to review ups and downs, pest and jumps of Afghanistan press from two viewpoints: first from works done in this regard and second from briefings of Afghanistan press elite figures speaking related to roots of the history of Afghanistan press”, Sancharaki said.
Pointing to development and establishment of the history of Afghanistan press from the time of Amir Shir Ali Khan, Habibullah Khan, Mahmoud Tarzi – national unity government era, deputy minister of publication affairs added media in our country had nearly 150 years history and has experienced ups and downs, pest and lots of jumps in various periods of the history of Afghanistan press. Deputy minister of publication affairs while considering development of media and press as unprecedented in the country during the past one decade stressed on legalization of media activities in the country, asserting that the national unity government of Afghanistan was strongly supporting media activities but wanted all media organizations to manage their broadcasts and activities in accordance to the country’s laws, national values and interests and awareness for the people.
Pointing to activities followed towards institutionalization of media and freedom of expression in the past few years, Sancharaki recalled of approval of law on the right of access to information, creating journalists support fund, formation of commission for access to information and commission of media violation and reviewing nearly 700 cases of violence against journalists by judicial organs, adding that they were trying to provide further facilities for the media of the country so that they could manage their activities in accordance to the country’s laws. At the end of the conference, an exhibition was opened in cooperation with Directorate of Baihaqi Publishers and were put pictures, newspapers of the country’s historic periods and works and artifacts of Afghanistan media organizations.
Suraya Raiszada

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The country’s deputy ministry of information and culture and Fanoos Magazine have jointly launched a competition to mark the Youth International Day, during which ten young elite writers have won eligible score of appreciation, BNA reported the other day.
Up to 186 youth have attended the competition titled, The Youth and Extremism’ among them ten elite writers won top scores, said the agency.  Manizha Ramzi one of the organizers said these ten young authors have won the eligible scores of appreciation and award, according to the agency.
Meantime, Dr. Kamal Sadat deputy to the youth affairs of the ministry of information and culture said: “at present time extremism has overwhelmed the country and writing essays would help the youth get awareness about the challenge. “He said the youth could play key role in besieging the public minds and they should spare no efforts in this field.
Behishta Rahmani, one of the winners of top scores pointed to what she said the main elements of driving the youths to extremism and enumerated economic and political problems and injustice were among the factors behind outspread of extremism in the country and that any move to investigate into the main factors would help reduce the vicious phenomenon.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO ) and the ministry of Information and Culture are planned to reconstruct the Jam Minaret as BNA reported that in-charge of the UNESCO’s Afghanistan agency of Mi8ssi Ainak in cooperation with the World Bank would help the ministry to repair the Jam Minaret.
Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari said his ministry was working on a policy focusing on the maintenance of historical heritages, particularly renovation of the Jam’s minaret of Ghor province, said the agency.  The minister thanked the UNESCO head of Afghanistan agency for the organization’s preparation to help renovate the Jam Minaret, said the agency.
He said a delegation accompanied by a group of the ministry’s expert was expected to be sent to Ghor province to technically assess the minaret reconstruction, the agency said.
According to the report, the minaret had been said to have up to 24 meters inflection which has concerned the UNESCO.

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) National Strategy on Access to Information codified by the Oversight Commission on Access to Information has been officially introduced during a ceremony held by the Chief Executive   
Supporting the strategy, officials stressed that the government administrations are responsible to let the people access to information.
Access to information should turn to culture and the Chief Executive Office would cooperate with civil society and people of Afghanistan in this regard, Dr. Abdullah said.
According to law, the government administrations should classify the information and put them to people access, otherwise, any carelessness would cause the people not to believe in government anymore, CE Abdullah added.
He stressed that the government managers should let the people access to information and never reject the people demands in the respect. 
At the same time, the oversight commission on access to information has codified the national strategy on access to information for four next years. Based on this, to create transparency within the government institutions, the people access to information should be increased.
Officials of the commission said the strategy has been codified in consultation with partners and stakeholders including civil societies, media, public services in-charges and government employees, and if it is implemented, transparency would be created in the government function.
Head of monitoring commission on access to information, Sayed Ekram Afzali said that implementation of the law on access to information would lead the government to transparency, meet the demands of the people and solve many challenges that exist in the country.
He stressed if the government acts based on the strategy, the country would be the first position in transparency among the world countries.
“In Afghanistan all information is classified in the government institutions, in exceptional cases you can get information if you know someone,” said Sayed Ekram Afzali, chairman of the access to information monitoring committee.
Likewise, he added the government administrations are not keen to share any information with people that is why corruption’s rate has been likely increased.
Furthermore, Mujib Khelwatgar, executive chief of Afghanistan’s supporting free media said the government institutions should cooperate with media on access to information, because media play the bridge role between the people and government.
This is while that the government of Afghanistan has always said it would support the media, and stressed access to information is the people’s right.
Suraya Raiszada

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