The Media Complaints and Rights Violations Commission, which was suspended after the new government came into power last year, was re-established today, August 23, 2022.
Minister of Information and Culture, during the first meeting of the commission, said: “the commission has been formed in accordance with the provisions of the Mass Media Law and demands of the media, national and international media support organizations.” He further added that no other government entity is allowed to interfere with media affairs, and that only this commission is authorized to address complaints against media organizations.
The representative of the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC), as a member of this commission, welcomed the re-establishment of the aforementioned commission, and emphasized the independence of the commission and the implementation of the Mass Media Law.
Furthermore, to address cases of violence against journalists in a timely manner, the AJSC representative proposed the formation of a special, single authority so that the committee has a known contact point in the government to track and pursue these cases.
The AJSC welcomes the creation of the Media Complaints and Rights Violations Commission, expects the commission to maintain its independence, and that journalists and media violations are dealt with based on the provisions of the Mass Media Law.
AJSC Welcomes Re-Establishment of the Media Complaints and Rights Violations Commission