Media outlets warned over failing to renew licenses
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Public Media Commission (PMC) on Tuesday warned media outlets failing to renew their licenses in the next six months that they would have to pay double fine and their offices would be closed.
Currently more than 1,000 media outlets operating in the country have been issued legal licenses, but not all have renewed their licenses or paid the amount required.
PMC officials warned that the Ministry of Information and Cultural would seal offices of media outlets failing to renew their licenses.
Khapalwak Safi, the PMC chief, told reporters the license fee for televisions was 50,000 afghanis, for cable operators 40,000 afghanis, for FM radios 25,000 afghanis, print media 10,000 afghanis and temporary media outlets 5,000 afghanis.
The Ministry of Justice has recently published in its official gazette the public media draft law in 4 chapters and 41 articles, asking media outlets to abide by the law.
The commission also stressed that every media outlet should pay salaries of its employees in-time, saying sometimes employees’ salaries were delayed for three to four months.
Syed Muzgan Mustafavi, deputy broadcasting director at the Information and Cultural Ministry, said the ministry was responsible to ensure the law was enforced.
She said journalists faced multiple issues and the commission on access to information was open at the national archive from 8:00am to 4:00pm every day.