March 24, 2019
Journalists warmly welcome the government’s decision to include March 18th as the Reporters’ Day in the National Calendar, but they urge that peace process should guarantee the maintenance of governance system and achievements gained in the past two decades.
Journalists in Ghor, a province in the center of the country, declared support for the peace process on condition of the government’s presence. These journalists emphasized that peace should not be a pretext to remove achievements gained in the past 18 years by government and people, but it should guard the government, freedom of expression and other achievements.
Yar Mohammad Yavar, head of the National Association of Journalists’ office in Ghor, spoke on the challenges and problems journalists are facing, calling reporters as confident wings for the government in fighting corruption, ensuring justice and raise public awareness.
Mr. Yavar called on the media supporting entities to increase cooperation with the reporters’ capacity building program so that they could work more professionally. He expressed sympathies with the families of those who were killed for the freedom of expression, supporting the peace negotiations and asking the talks parties to pay respect to the freedom of speech and not to ignore those journalists’ position who have been victimized in the past years.
Alauddin Mohammadi, head of provincial Radio-Television department (the government broadcasters) thanked the government for declaring Reporters’ Day in the calendar, calling freedom of speech as an important achievement of the government in the past two decades that needs to be preserved in the peace talks.
Meanwhile, Habibullah Radmanesh, deputy provincial governor, said that freedom of expression was one of important government’s achievements in the past 18 years that should be maintained.
Radmanesh asked the government, civil society and international organizations to support the media and journalists under any circumstances.
Ghor is considered as one of insecure provinces for women particularly woman journalists, with social problems and old traditions along with insecurity making obstacles before women.
Reported by: Jamila Karimi
Edited by: Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists