Danish urges President Ghani to create media fund
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pajhwok Afghan News editor-in-chief Danish Karokhel on Wednesday urged President Ashraf Ghani to create fund for journalists and media outlets and enact into laws their protection and access to information.
Danish, speaking at a gathering marking World Press Freedom Day at the Presidential Palace, said the proposed fund should be used to improve economic and security situation of media outlets, working environment for female journalists and to resolve their problems.
“I assure the president that we believe in solution journalism, we will remain committed to national interests and will implement peace journalism what we believe in and what we have learned.”
He said the procedures to strengthen security for journalists and media representatives and access to information had been finalized in meetings with the president and the procedures should be soon enacted into laws in order reporters avoided any untoward incident in future.
In his address to the president, Danish said: “We have many achievements in meeting the ethical standards. We were able to hold meetings with journalists in all the eight zones on the code of conduct. Selected journalists from provinces will come to Kabul over the next one or two months to approve and act on ethical standards.”
Speaking on behalf of independent media organizations, Danish assured the president that the real objective of journalists and media outlets was to inform people about facts and they would try convey problems and weaknesses in the government to government officials in a way that helped increase cooperation between the masses and the government.
The Pajhwok editor-in-chief said all independent media outlets were fully able to publish investigative reports and they had published many as well.
“The promise you have held out regarding prosecution of investigative journalists in case of misinformation through a commission or any other government organs, I hope the promise will be materialized in order our young and talented investigative reporters are able to be authentic.”
Danish also talked about problems female journalists faced in the field, saying if there were no female journalists, it would be hard to highlight problems being faced by the Afghan women.
Danish said media organizations were struggling with economic problems over the past two years and some media outlets had been closed in provinces due to financial hardships.
“What we are concerned about is that if the economic hardships are paid no heed, many media organizations may plunge in trouble.”
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