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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Kabul (BNA) In charge of the media watch said that during the year 2011 a total of 80 instances of violence against the reporters of including murder, torture and threats towards the reporters in Afghanistan have taken place.
Sedequllah Tuheedi in charge of media watch told the press in its annual report that during the 2011 the numbers of violence against the reporters have increased including three murders, six instances of injured, two arrests, 33 instances of torture and beating, 15 instances of abusing and 21 instances of threats towards the repentances. 
Tuheedi added that of the 80 instances 49 were committed by the government, 9 including murder by the Taliban, 40 by the NATO forces, and 18 instances of violence have been done by the unknown armed elements.
He recalled reporters Jafar Wafa from radio Kalagosh of Paghman killed as a result of mine, Ahmad Omiad Khepelwak killed during the war operation between terrorists and foreign troops in Uruzgan and Farhad Taqadusi who was killed in his office as a result of rocket attack during the year.
He noted that during the 2010 58 instances of violence had taken pleas against reporters in Afghanistan and 2011 it had increased to 80 showing considerable increase.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Considered the fourth pillar of the state, media has been strengthened incredibly in Afghanistan over the past decade, senior Information and Culture Ministry official said on Monday. 
“There have been many positive changes on the media landscape since the establishment of the interim government more than a decade ago,” Deputy Information and Culture Minister Mubarez Rashidi claimed. 
During an exclusive interview with a media, he said the Taliban regime did not allow TV channels to broadcast programs, even Afghanistan National Television programs were off the air and very few print media outlets operated in the country. 
Since the collapse of the Taliban regime, the number of visual, audio and print media outlets had soared to 1,400 including 50 TV stations, Rashidi said. 
Except the national television, previously known as Radio Television of Afghanistan (RTA), all other channels are privately run. 
As many as 150 radio satins, including 34 government-controlled entities, are airing their programs across the country, he added.  “of 1,200 media outlets, including daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly newspapers and magazines and TV stations registered with the ministry of information and culture, 800 outlets are operational,” he said. 
The number of media outlets increased because they were welcomed by people, he said, adding the enormous increase had empowered the media to be considered as the fourth pillar of the government. 
“The media is considered the fourth pillar until it remains professional.  Otherwise, it can harm and mislead the society,” he added. 
Donor countries paid attention to the media in Afghanistan because it reflected the voice of people and served a strong counterweight to the government, he said. 
“People in Afghanistan refer their problems and cases to media outlets before moving a court in this regard. 
This shows how much strong the media is here,” he said. Rashidi also hinted at some weaknesses in the media, saying it should also focus on education and culture programs like shows, dramas and entertainment.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture during signing of two cooperation agreements with the Islamic Republic of Iran touched on the amicable ties and cooperation in cultural area between the two nations. 
The agreements cover assistance to the National Archive and Public Library. 
The agreements were signed by the heads of National Archive and Public Library in presence of Dr. Raheen and Dr. Salehi head of the documents and national libraries of Iran. 
Dr. Raheen said during the signing ceremony that this agreement is the product of the visit of head of documents and libraries of Iran and I hope that implementation of the agreement will facilitate book keeping, preservation of relics, and hopefully such cooperation continue in the future as well. 
The Iranian head of documents and national libraries of Iran also said that the cooperation agreement will provide the ground for delivery of experience in preservation of historical documents, relics, book keeping, preservation of calligraphic pieces and enlisting areas by the Iranian side and this way we shall assist in better preservation of all important historical documents with the ministry of information and culture. 
Dr. Raheen presented gifts to the head of Iranian national library and his accompanying delegation.

Monday, December 26, 2011
Kabul (BNA) A look in to Bamyan and Research in domestic and international spheres was the title of a gathering held yesterday at the information Press Center of Information and Culture Minister.
This is the second such gathering so far.
Sayed Askar Musuwi advisor to the Minister of Higher Education dwelt on the history, cultural importance and researches that have taken place about Bamyan.
Mrs. Nancy Dupree, US researchers and specialist on history of Afghanistan talked on the historic background, relics and her researches she has carried on the historic heritage on Bamyan.
At the end of this gathering, Ustad Nazim Shafahi historian and advisor of the President Office, Dr. Sayed Askar Musuwi and Ustad Deen Mohammad Jawed Researcher of Afghan history, provided information in a round  table on the cultural and historical roots of Bamyan.
The gathering has been initiated by the cultural and social center of Salam. Its first gathering was held in Iran.