23 February 2017

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Dr. Kamal Sadat in a meeting yesterday with representatives of Afghan culturists to Europe asserted that the information and culture ministry is ready to cooperate with Afghan artists and culturists living abroad and regards it as its priority.
In the meeting, representative of the Afghan culturists to Europe Dr. Mohammad Sayed briefed related to academic, cultural and art activities of the Afghans living abroad, adding that a number of associations and organizations established and led by Afghans were also operating there. He further said that such associations needed cooperation of the MoIC and Afghan political attaches abroad. Acting minister of information and culture said that MoIC through its cultural attaches at a number of Afghanistan embassies to foreign countries and through political attaches were making effort to support Afghan culturists and artists and would assist them in publication of their academic, cultural and execution of art program and the respective ministry would remain as an active partner of Afghan cultural associations abroad. According to another report, acting minister of information and culture asked officials and directors of the ministry to report their budgetary and monthly expenses to leading body of the ministry.

Saturday, February 04, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Kamal Sadat, Acting Minister of Information and Culture and Deputy Minister to Youth Affairs met with members of Mass Media Commission here the other day, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
Members of the commission briefed Dr. Sadat about their achievements since establishment and shared their problems and challenges, BNA added.
After hearing their problems, the acting minister of information and culture vowed to solve their problems and tackled their place problem with giving them a room in second floor of the ministry, the agency continued.
Likewise, Dr. Sadat pointed out at those media that have not still legalized their activities and said that they have been already notified, but many of them have not received activity license so far, the agency quoted.
Expressing glad on the ministry’s patience in the respect, the members of the commission asked the MoIC leadership to warn the unregistered media for the last time or their names will be disclosed through media, the agency went on as saying.
Calling prevention of unregistered media activities, the ministry of information and culture’s task, the members of the mass media commission said that they were ready to cooperate with the ministry in this regard.

Saturday, February 04, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Attended by Deputy Minister of Information and Culture on Publications, Prof. Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi, a session titled ‘A Red Flower and a Book for Peace’ was held here in Kabul the other day, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
According to the agency, the meeting was held by Khatera Afarinan Cultural Organization and civil society entities at the National Museum.
At the outset, the participants of the session were welcomed with a red flower and a book by mentioned entities’ members and then Baresh Sarwari, the in-charge of Khatera Afarinan Cultural Organization said that the aim of holding such a session was to improve book-reading culture and ask the government to pay attention to historical monuments and cultural heritages.
Afterward, Prof. Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi, the deputy MoIC on publications pointed out at media role on peace, adding today, Afghanistan is known as a country, where is always faced with war and suicide attacks. Thus, this is the responsibility of media to pay heed to peace issues in their broadcasting policy, she added.
She stressed that it is the time to say no to war and suicide and use peace literature, the agency continued.
Calling holding such programs effective in bringing peace and improving book-reading culture, Ms. Mostafavi said that the ministry of information and culture has printed thirty copies of book on book-reading culture and put it into the people access, the agency quoted.
Many of youth were holding the slogan of ‘We will say hello to peace again’ in the meeting and their main reason of participation was to support peace.

Saturday, February 04, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Presidential palace assisted 50.000 Afghani in cash to family of deceased Mohammad Yousuf, photojournalist of The Kabul Times daily here the other day.
The deceased family received the assistance by presidential advisor on cultural affairs Asadullah Ghazanfar, while deputy minister of publication Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi and advisor to National Directorate for Security Najibullah Manali were accompanying him.
Besides expressing sympathy to family of late Mohammad Yousuf, presidential advisor called Yousuf one of the active photojournalists of the country, who according him didn’t leave his duty during the critical situations.
Mohammad Yousuf was 56 years old and spend most of his time serving The Kabul Time daily. He passed away on December 27th, 2016 following the heart attack.

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