IMC plans big to show realities beyond conflict
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Independent Media Consortium (IMC) on Sunday vowed to prepare over the next five years some big communicative programmes that reflected realities in Afghanistan in a proper way.
These views were expressed at a day-long conference organised in Kabul by the founding member Killid Group with support from the consortium, Tawanmandi Programme, the Freedom of Expression Initiative and the Civil Society Joint Working Group.
Killid Group director Najiba Ayubi told the participants that currently all media outlets in Afghanistan mostly published reports about the war, but reports and information about other realities should also be collected and published.
“Unfortunately all reports of the Afghan media are about the conflict. The government, civil society, the media and the people should make efforts that could bring into spotlight realities and events beyond the war.”
Ayubi said the media, civil society, the government, the international community and the people of Afghanistan should make joint efforts at strengthening peace, ensuring good governance, people’s empowerment and giving confidence to the masses, a goal the government and the international community alone could not achieve.
The gains which had been achieved with efforts by the government, the international community and civil society in Afghanistan should be preached to the people through an organized plan and programme, she said.
“In seven years the cooperation we have won needs to be further increased, we are ready to prepare a five-year communicative programme that strengthens journalism and create awareness among government officials, but this programme needs to be prepared in cooperation with local officials and the international community.”
She said Afghanistan was on the path to divesting itself from misfortunes like poverty, war, violence, corruption and drugs. These problems had pushed the government leadership into trouble and had weakened the regime, she added. However, the senior journalist said successes and achievements made against the misfortunes reached a fewer number of people.
She said in the first joint conference of the consortium and civil society organizations in 2007, it had been said the Afghan media would mature in four years and the media had indeed progressed.
Presidential advisor on cultural affairs Asadullah Ghazanfar on the occasion said President Ghani was a strong supporter of independent media and had pledged to continued support for media outlets.
He said the freedom of expression brought justice and encouraged people’s participation in building society and its absence destroyed and froze minds and abilities of the masses.
Abdul Mujib Khilwatgar, Afghanistan’s Media Support Organisation (NAI) executive director, said media outlets had improved in quality and quantity over the past 13 years.
He said 150 televisions, 200 radio stations, and over 250 print media outlets had been issued licences in the country.
He lamented journalists continued to face threats to their lives, saying 45 national and international journalists had been killed during the past decade and around 500 faced incidents of violence.
He said the media had grown up and several laws had been approved to develop and promote the sector.
Answering a question, Pajhwok Afghan News Director Danish Karokhel said the majority of media outlets had been discharging their social responsibility by serving the people and paying respect to norms and values of journalism.
UNAMA, UNDP and UNESCO officials also participated in the conference and lauded gains made by the media and the freedom of expression in Afghanistan and announced their support in this regard.
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