NAI journalists in Kabul discriminated from access to information

April 24, 2018

The free media advocacy group called NAI accused the government last Monday how they tighten the grip of accessing the information. NAI believes that they are making things hard for the media people, experiencing difficulties to collect details.

In line with this, the head of NAI named Abdul Mujib Khilwatgar revealed during a press conference held in Kabul how the government was hesitant to provide satisfactory information to journalists. Therefore, Khilwatgar says it is a violation of the law on access to information, the Liquor store near me.

What is more frustrating is that government never responds to journalists’ telephone calls and even the people receiving phone calls on their behalf are being tortured. Khilwatgar adds how the government deals with the local media differently as they only behave to foreign media.

“Government spokespersons only respond in yes and no to questions from journalists and provide no satisfactory answers. This discrimination between local and foreign media is against the media law and the law on access to information,” Khilwatgar explained.

“Some government offices demand official letters from journalists to allow them access to information. For example, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Ministry of Transport, as well as hospitals and schools, ask journalists for an official letter. This causes people to remain unaware of the real situation,” Khilwatgar further shared.

Moreover, denying journalists and media’s right to access information only means the government is depriving people as well from the information. This is the reason why the citizens don’t trust the regime anymore. Aside from this, the government does not allow reporters too to ride military convoys to the country’s remote area.

The NAI head is also concerned about media outlets that were influenced by the government. They had nothing to say but only favorable things.

The president’s deputy spokesman, Dawa Khan Minapal, said that the government was committed to implementing the law on access to information. About NAI concerns, according to Pajhwok, he said: “The access to information law has recently been amended to relax access to information, but the media should also cooperate with the government in enforcing this law.”

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