UNAMA arranges freedom of expression seminar
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) organized a gathering titled freedom of expression in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, a journalist said on Thursday.
Zabihullah Ihsas, deputy head of journalists union in north, said civil and security organs did not share information with journalists. Besides, journalists faced with seven violence related cases, four incidents in Sur-i-Pul, two in Faryab and one in Jawzjan.
Arif Mosavi, a reporter for Tolo television channel, told Pajhwok Afghan News that a journalist could make a detailed report on building mosque but no one would share information if he/she would focus on corruption in building the mosque.
Latif Sahak, representative of journalist safety association, said during the round table meeting that mostly journalists faced with problems from government officials and the issue should be addressed immediately.
Munir Farhad, provincial media head, said media organizations used all efforts to organize meeting between government officials and journalists to reduce the gap.
Sher Jan Durani, police spokesperson, blamed “journalists call us during the fight and want information which we can’t share at that critical time since the fight is ongoing.”
Hamid Safwat, in charge of civil society coordination, stressed journalists should demonstrate professionalism.
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