29 March 2017

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA)  Head of Liberty Printing Press (LPP) Zia Bomya in a ceremony held the other day on the occasion of International Women’s Day recalled works of women working in LPP and said, “I am happy to be among you who are begetters making effort towards greenery and irrigation of society.”
Head of LPP praised 47 female workers for their continued work and spent most of their life working in LPP.
He hoped that number of female workers would increase in LPP and family members of those leaving their duties due to oldness would be absorbed as the door of liberty printing press was open to them.
Meanwhile, a LPP female worker Sohaila, representing others spoke and expressed hope that he was waiting to see a day when all Afghan women had all their rights and concessions.
She pointed to a range of problems and challenges facing Afghan women during the past three decades.
At the end of the ceremony, gifts were distributed to female workers of LPP.
 

Wednesday March 8, 2017

Kabul (BNA) On the eve of International Women’s Day, Reporters without Borders (RSF) announced opening of Afghanistan’s first center for the protection of women journalists here during a gathering yesterday.
The gathering which was attended by Shah Hussain Mortazawi, deputy spokesperson of the president, Zohra Yousof, adviser to First Lady Rola Ghani, Dr. Nasrin Oryakhail, labor and social affairs minister, former minister of information and culture Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen and a number of well-known journalists, discussed challenges ahead of women journalists in Afghanistan. Headed by well-known Afghan female journalist Farida Nikzad, the center is the first Afghan organization to be created by and for women journalists. Its aim is to assist and protect women journalists, especially those working in remote parts of Afghanistan, who are more vulnerable. “The creation of this center is intended to send a strong message not only to Afghan women journalists, but also to all of the country’s women”, said Nikzad, who is the center’s co-founder (along with RSF) as well as its director. “We want to support women journalists both in war zones and within the news organizations for which they work, to defend both their rights and their physical safety. To that end, we need the government and media owners to commit to do their part in what is a key battle for Afghan society”. “We are proud to announce the creation of this first center for the protection of Afghan women journalists”, said RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire. “These journalists are victims twice over, victims of the war imposed by the Taliban and the Islamic State group, and victims of strong pressure from all those around them. Dozens are threatened, physically attacked or forced to flee the country every year. By protecting women journalists, we are defending media freedom in Afghanistan”.
Addressing the gathering advisor to first lady, Zohra Yousuf read-out message of Rula Ghani, saying the first lady supports the center and committed to an environment free of any violence against women. Meanwhile the participants, during separate panel presented their recommendations to the authorities on implementing laws affecting women in the media, including quotas for women employees. Talking in the first panel, Shah Hussain Mortazawi, deputy spokesperson for president said the government has been committed to open media and freedom of expression, however he asked the media supporting associations to have their press releases based on defending the rights of journalists than acting as a the political parties. The officials during other separate panels said the center will press media owners to combat discrimination within their news organizations and to provide women with better protection, adding the center will organize seminars on physical and digital safety.
 

Wednesday March 8, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bavari, deputy to the cultural affairs of the ministry of information and culture appointed as acting MoIC, under the presidential approval, said Bakhtar News Agency the other day.
According to the agency, Bavari was said to continue his work as deputy to the cultural affairs, alongside being acting minister of information and culture.
 

Wednesday March 8, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A session under theme of ‘Access to Information’ held meeting at the government media center on Tuesday, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
The session was held by Journalists’ National Union and the Supervision Commission on Today’s Information, aiming to tighten relations among media and the government spokespersons, according to the agency. At the outset, Fahim Dashti, Chief Executive of Afghanistan Journalists’ National Union said the triangle was included of applicant, delivering information and supervisor. He added we want to tighten relations between supervision commissions on access to information of media with government spokespersons so they properly manage to do their affairs in coordination with each other, the agency added.
“In term of presenting information, the government has not still properly acted and the applicant cannot easily access delivering information source,” he claimed.
He called lack of budget among the challenges his entity is faced, adding the government has to share information with people according to law, the agency continued. In his return, Ahmad Nadir Nadiri, the presidential advisor on strategic affairs and ambassador of freedom of expression said information was the people right, stressing that the information should be shared with people through media, BNA added. Pointing at national triangle of access to information, he added that the related members should jointly work together and the relevant process should be strengthened.
In the session, Prof. Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi, the deputy minister of information and culture on publication affairs pointed to information categories, adding the information should be sorted out to ordinary, confidant and very confidant.
She added to solve the access on information problem, professional and educated individuals are needed. She asked the media in-charges to inform the journalists and reporters on related laws and regulations and stressed on honesty of media, the agency added. The session is expected to continue today.
 

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