22 October 2017

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Tuesday August 8, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by deputy minister of publication affairs for information and culture Sayed Fazil Sancharaki, the session of cultural committee of convening commission for Independence Day was held yesterday.
In the session, various issues as decoration of roads in Kabul city with national flags and bulbs, installation of boards in capital, provinces and highways were discussed. Based on decision made in the session, national TV, government dailies and all media outlets would publish and broadcast inclusive programs and articles on the occasion of the day and actively participate in covering the day. The committee asked ministry of hajj and Islamic affairs to have all mosques’ imams to attract attention of the people to issue on the threshold of Independence Day across the country.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by acting minister of information and culture Associate Prof. Sayeda Mojgan Mustafavi, road nomination commission’s session was held yesterday.
In the session, the commission discussed 8 nominating cases delivered to the commission and it was decided that it was out of the commission’s authorization.
Members of the commission decided that the above cases should be sent to presidential office in order to be addressed.
Meanwhile, procedure of the commission was discussed and members of the commission decided that the procedure should be reviewed as it had shortcomings.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Deputy ministry of publication affairs for information and culture and UNESCO office to Afghanistan opened yesterday training workshop titled ‘access to information and freedom of expression’ for journalists in Kabul.
The four-day workshop was held for capacity building of directors and journalists working in 15 provinces for Bakhtar News Agency. In opening ceremony of the workshop, deputy minister of publication affairs for information and culture Fazil Sancharaki while praising UNESCO office for Afghanistan said holding capacity building workshops for director of BNA was very effective, hoping that such workshops would be held in future too.
Stressing on importance of the right of access to information, Sancharaki hoped that directors of BNA could have effective role in their provinces and share their experiences with their colleagues by completion of the capacity building workshop.
In the ceremony, a UNESCO official spoke and said, “I hope the program can be effective and enable local journalists and officials to express their
Visions in connection with public decision-making process in particular development process”. It is determined that BAN local journalists and officials will be invited in capacity building workshops which will be held in future.
Holding such workshops is part of MoU which will be soon signed between MoIC and UNESCO office to Kabul.
In the workshop, BNA general director Khalil Menavi said that awareness of law on access to information was very important for media officials, journalists and all citizens of the country as awareness of the law and its implementation would result in creating good governance and bringing transparency and accountability.

Sunday August 6, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Terrorists are becoming more barbaric day by day and threatening lives of the country’s citizens.
Explosion, suicide attack, military operation, killing, abducting and various types of violence are common reports in the country’s media. Killing innocent people, attacking on holy places and religious activities are some evil tactics of terrorist groups in Afghanistan where they want to kill more people in their single attack or explosion. Another goal of terrorist groups is to take advantage from such attacks in media and their propaganda. They only want their attacks to be broadcast and published through media. Terrorist groups by media propaganda show their powerful presence in the country; on the other hand, their attacks and explosions cause tension, concern and horror of the people in the country. Terrorist groups want to terrorize the common people and make them surrender and avoid resisting them; therefore, they launch the wildest attacks among the people in order to terrorize them.
Unfortunately, terrorist attacks are widely broadcast through visual media and published with more details in social media and sites. Repeatedly broadcasting and publishing killing of men, women and children and destructions of terrorist incidents through media can put negative impacts on morale of the people. Although speech freedom and freedom of press have been recognized in Afghanistan and media can broadcast and publish reports at any ways, but it is important that media officials and workers are also part of the people of Afghanistan and their interests are not separate from the rest of the people; therefore, if media pays to their tasks and professional responsibilities, they should also pay to national interests and general morale of the people in their reports. Today terrorists are targeting the innocent people and destroying cultural and economic infrastructures of the country. Terrorist groups are thinking only about destruction of the country and killing innocent Afghans. Thus, fighting and standing against terrorist groups are not only the task of Afghanistan government but the task and responsibility of all Afghan citizens. Defeating terrorist groups need national determination. Media as the eye and lantern of society should make further effort in formation of the will and determination as a national act and decision. Moreover, today everybody has access to social media and most of users of the media are not aware of consequences of their work in social media and publish reports and scenes which can maintain the enemies’ goals. We should be alert in all fronts to fight the enemy as media is the most important part of publishing propaganda which should be taken as serious.
Lailuma Noori

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