Stability party asks govt to ensure media people safety
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Council of Security and Stability of Afghanistan party on Tuesday asked the government to make policies for supporting and encouraging media organizations and ensuring their safety.
The council’s spokesman, Massoud Tarashtwal, supporting the freedom of speech, said the government should not stay neutral regarding crimes against media persons and their murderers and instead should take practical steps for their support.
The government should prepare specific and effective policies to support, encourage and protect media personnel, he said, adding such policies should be enforced in a timely manner.
He said the government should also financially support family members of journalists killed in violence during the past 14 years.
The opposition party’s spokesman asked media outlets to focus their activities on serving the national interests, strengthening national unity, weakening the morale of the enemy and obeying religious, national, human values.
“We support all legal and civil demands of media outlets and the unity government should also welcome it,” he said.
Mujib Khilwatgar, the executive director of Nai, a free media supporting group, said Wednesday’s attack on media personnel had no precedent in history of the region.
“The attack shows militants are afraid of the freedom of speech. With the Tolo staff deaths, the number of journalists losing lives in Afghanistan over the past 14 years has reached to 57,” he said.
He asked the government to assist families of the slain people and those injured in Wednesday’s attack.
Seven people were killed and several others wounded when a suicide bomber struck a minibus carrying TOLO TV staff members in Kabul on Wednesday.
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