Cooperation fund for free speech being created
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani said they were working to create a cooperation fund for the freedom of speech and trying their best to arrest and punish the perpetrators of a suicide attack on Tolo TV staff members.
The president said this during a meeting on Thursday evening with families of the victims of MOBY group (Tolo TV, Tolo News and Kaboora Production) at the Presidential Palace, a statement from the palace said.
Seven Tolo TV staffers were killed and another 25 wounded in the suicide attack that struck a minibus carrying the media persons on Jan 20 in the heart of Kabul.
Family members of the victims during the meeting with President Ghani thanked the Afghan security forces for their sacrifices and urged them to arrest the perpetrators.
A girl, who lost her brother Syed Mohammad Jawad to the attack, said her brother wanted terrorist groups to be dealt with strictly and the Afghan government talked to the insurgents from a strong position with people’s support.
At the meeting, the president assured the families of his government’s efforts to arrest, investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice, the statement said.
“We will never talk to militants from a weak position, but from a strong position with the support of people,” the president said.
“We will take revenge of the bloodshed of innocent people,” the president said, adding that over the past one week, 300 militants had been killed by security forces across the country.
Regarding assistance with the victims’ families, the government has talked to MOBI group officials and they are working on a draft to create a cooperation fund for the freedom of speech, the statement said.
As much money as the government pays for a victim of security personnel, the same would be paid to the victims of Tolo TV, the statement concluded.
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