May 13, 2018
The journalists’ supporting unions accused the joint security and safety committee for journalists of creating obstacles for the media and journalists’ activities.
In a press conference held Monday at the media supporting watchdog (NAI), Maulana Abdullah, chief executive of the Afghanistan Radio & Televisions’ Association, expressed concerns over the new procedure by the joint committee, saying it would create restrictions on the media free activities. “This is clearly against the constitution,” Abdullah said.
He asked the joint safety committee to cancel its new law and prevent limitation of the journalists’ activities.
Abdullah touched the increasing violence against journalists, saying that the government did not work enough to provide journalists with security.
He blamed provincial authorities and intelligence office in Kandahar for ordering reporters not to get out of their houses and keep working from their residences.
“The government curbs reporting with these things that makes no difference with terrorist groups.”
The fourth article of the joint committee’s procedure says about reporting from terrorist attacks: “Journalists should avoid live reporting from that show operations that are launched by security forces until the end of the operations, because such live reports can put the lives of security forces and civilians who were trapped in the terrorist attacks.”
This procedure openly opposes the 34th article of the constitution and fourth article of the media law, according to the journalists’ supporting union.
In charges of the journalists’ supporting unions believe that both the constitution and the media law has banned any restriction, prevention, censorship, embargo and intervention in the media and journalists’ activities.
They emphasized that neither the joint committee for journalists’ safety, nor other government organs are not authorized to take restriction and interference measure against the media and reporting activities.
The unions say that journalists have to obey the media law, and emphasized that journalists are not legally obliged to obey the fourth article of the joint committee’s procedure.
They called on the government’s joint committee for journalists’ safety and security to lift the illegal restrictions and preventions imposed on the journalists and media outlets so that the media’s open and free activities will not be harmed.