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Thursday March 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Leading body of the Ministry of Information and Culture in a message has congratulated arriving of the New Year 1399 to all Afghan nation. According to the message, 1398 was a year full of successes, challenges and problems as the 100th Independence Anniversary of the country was commemorated in a glorious way and numerous scientific and cultural programs were held from the beginning to the end of the year. “The 100th Independence Anniversary of Afghanistan was a good opportunity for Afghans to consolidate their national commitment to building and development of the country,” the message said, meanwhile, Afghans despite of increasing threats posed by enemies of democracy participated in Presidential Elections and fulfilled their national and civil responsibility and once again showed their commitment to the values of democracy and republic. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani declared as winner and swore in as President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and started his second term, according to the message.
The message said that efforts have been coordinated for reaching peace and currently the led-Afghan and owned-Afghan peace has changed to a serious debate.
According to the message, the ministry of information and culture has taken considerable steps towards further consolidation of freedom of expression and supporting the media as well as protection of the Afghani culture, numerous historic monuments have been renovated and protected from destruction. In the message, leading body of the ministry of information and culture asked all to give hands to each other to stand against the coronavirus outbreak threatening all the world and our country.

Thursday March 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Second Vice-President Sarwar Danesh in a meeting held yesterday by Afghanistan Journalist Center on the occasion of commemoration of National Journalist Day considered that supporting from freedom of expression and press was the common responsibility of the government and media activists. In his speech, Second Vice-President first congratulated the day to all journalists and media workers, praying for the soul of martyrs of ANDSF personnel, victims and martyrs of the country’s journalism society. Pointing to peace process and talks with the Taliban, Second Vice-President said that Afghans would not accept the Emirate System, adding that Afghans would only accept a system which would be based on freedom of expression and press as this was the base of other freedom in the country too.
“All the people of Afghanistan, the country’s media organizations, youth, civil society and all those believing in freedom and democracy should be ready for some kind of struggle as well,” Danesh said, adding that in general the journalism society of the country would also participate to support freedom of expression and media in possible intra-Afghan dialogue. Related to work of Afghanistan government in particular the joint committee of the government and media led by Second Vice-President during the past three years, Danesh said a range of steps have been taken towards freedom of expression, reduction of violence against journalists, addressing cases of violence against women, providing legal facilities, access to information and others. Second Vice-President in his speech also considered role of media towards prevention of the coronavirus outbreak as key, saying that media could play vital and effective role in awareness of the people.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Kabul (BNA) National Security Advisor, Dr. Hamdullah Mohib negated any peace deal in which freedom of expression and journalists’ rights were ignored, a message from his office read Tuesday.
The NSA, in the message, on the advent of National Day of Journalist (NDJ) lauded the work and efforts of journalists and media persons and said shortening distance between the people and the government, extending peoples’ message to the authorities, sharing the government activities with the people, awareness, sharing information, honesty, patriotism and commitment are from their efforts and activities.
“Free activities of journalists in our republic are providing the ground for increase in access to information, fighting wrong activities and corruption, brining transparency in the implementation of social justice,” said Mohib in the message. “To reach the abovementioned goals, our journalists’ efforts and devotions are commendable,” the message read. He went on as saying in the message that the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan called freedom of expression and media as a value and was duty-bound to strengthen the values in the peace process further than ever. “Rights, safety in work and access to accurate and on-time information and freedom of expression would never be compromised at all,” the National Security Advisor assured. “We are making efforts for the safety of journalists and media and help them continue working with confidence,” the message concluded.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Kabul (BNA) Officials and employees of directorate of Bakhtar News Agency marked National Journalist Day in a ceremony with presence of Deputy Minister of Publication Affairs for information and culture Abdul Manan Shiway Sharq.
In the ceremony, deputy minister of publication affairs for information and culture in his speech congratulated the National Journalist Day to all journalists in particular journalists of the BNA.
“Beside all forces, we have two brave and strong forces in the country and one of these forces are the country’s defense and security forces, while the other one are brave and professional forces of media,” deputy minister of information and culture said, recalling of journalists’ sacrifices they have suffered while reporting.
He also expressed his support from the country’s journalists, stressing that he was committed to supporting BNA for further improvement of its operation and activities.
In the ceremony, director of Bakhtar News Agency Najibullah Shinware spoke and by congratulating the National Journalist Day prayed for the soul of martyred journalists and all martyrs of the country.
At the end of the ceremony, deputy minister of publication affairs for information and culture granted the appreciation tableau provided by the journalists of BNA to director of the agency. Meanwhile, the BNA officials appreciated the journalists with appreciation certificates.

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