Afghan, Turkish journalists hold joint seminar
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan and Turkish journalists on Thursday discussed reporting terrorism at a day-long joint seminar held in Kabul bringing together journalists, their supporting organisations and officials for a series of debates.
Speaking on the occasion, Information and Culture Minister Abdul Bari Jehani said gaining the freedom of speech and independent media was a major achievement of the Afghan government during the last decade, asking reporters to be more responsible in filing their reports.
“When the unity and security of the country is in danger, then media should defend the national interests,” Jehani added. “The news that fuels the war and undermines the Constitution should not be broadcasted. Damaging the situation is in no one’s interest.”
The seminar titled “Terrorism and Media” was jointly organised by Tasamuh, a Turkish cultural and academic association, NAI, an organisation that supports free media and Afghanistan National Journalists’ Union. The conference was attended by dozens of journalists from Turkey and Afghanistan.
Karim Balji, a Turkish journalist, said the abendunce of violence and terrorism-related stories had a negative impact on people’s minds and should be avoided.
“When terrorists attack somewhere their main aim is to spread terror and cause panic. For that they have no choice but to use journalists to show their actions to a wider audience.”
Sediqullah Tawhidi, NAI director, insisted on the right to broadcast any types of stories, but said sensational journalism in reporting terrorism-related stories created even bigger panic.
“Reporting too much on terrorism-related stories causes panic among people, which is what terrorists want,” he added. He also said broadcasting graphic images of terrorism-related events were disturbing.
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