President hails completion of draft code of journalism ethics
KABUL (Pajhwok): The president hailed completion and finalization of a draft of ‘journalism ethics and standards’ and termed the draft a good step’ and promised to consider research stories in fighting corruption, a gathering was told here on Wednesday.
A member of the Afghanistan Journalists’ Federation, Safiullah Zeer, told the gathering held regarding the finalisation of the draft that they worked for three years preparing the draft and had incorporated ideas of journalists in the document.
Impartiality, balance, accuracy, soundness, national interests and respect to the country’s laws are considered as journalism ethics, the same followed in other countries, he said.
A message from President Ashraf Ghani was read out by Deputy Spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi.
“The struggle of journalist leaders and organizations for preparing the ethics and standards of journalism will not only help them commit themselves to journalistic manners but also protect journalists from possible vulnerability,” the president said in his message.
He said after the passage of 15 years, it was now the time for reviewing and assessing weaknesses and drawbacks.
The approval of the cannons of journalism would help the media take critical steps towards responsibilities, the president said, adding his government felt pride that no journalist was imprisoned in the country while such things happened in other countries.
Ghani said the government would consider investigative reports of media outlets for their use in the anti-corruption struggle.
The president also asked media outlets to pay more attention to quality of their contents and their reports should bring about positive changes into the lives of people. He once against announced his support for media outlets.
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