AJSC Marks May 3 World Press Freedom Day


2. May 2024, 16:58

The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) commemorated May 3 World Press Freedom Day in a ceremony in Kabul.

In this event, spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior (MOI), a number of media managers, journalists, and representatives of national media support organizations had participated.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 3 May as the ‘World Press Freedom Day,’ in 1993 to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom, and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Abdul Qadeem Wyar, AJSC deputy and acting director, in this event said that some progress has been made in different areas in the past few years, but it is not enough. He also considered the resumption of work of the Commission on Media Violations (CMV)a positive development and emphasized on the CMV’s efficiency.

During his speech in the ceremony, Mufti Abdul Matin Qani, MOI spokesperson, said that we support freedom of speech within the framework of Islamic values and policy of the Islamic Emirate.

Zabihullah Sadat, head of TOLOnews, spoke about the right of access to information and said that the government should not put the media and journalists in an information vacuum, and that there should be necessary coordination between the media and the government.

Farhanaz Fariborz, Ariana News reporter, also spoke in this event and talked about the challenges facing female journalists, saying that women do not have access to first-hand information. She asked the government to for support and help regarding women’s presence in provinces where there are no active women journalists.

AJSC has been continuously working to facilitate a safe environment for journalists and media workers across the country.