‘Govt spokesmen responsible to share info with journalists’
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Saturday announced a nationwide campaign to promote access to information in government offices.
Shah Hussain Murtazawi, the presidential spokesman, told a news conference in Kabul that supporting free media and speech was one of the national unity government’s commitments.
He said the President supported the freedom of speech which also backed by the Constitution and the Mass Media Law.
For this purpose, the office of spokespersons of the president in cooperation with all spokespersons of ministries had decided to jointly launch a campaign about access to information with media outlets, he said.
“We decided today to launch the campaign,” he said, adding there was no restrictions on ministries to share information with journalists and their spokespersons were responsible for giving access to information.
If a miniostry refused to share information with journalists, the journalists could directly contact the Presidential Palace, he said.
Government spokespersons were ready to share information even on holidays including Thursdays and Fridays, he added.
He said currently 75 television channels, 200 radio stations and 1,200 printing publications were active where around 10,000 journalists worked.
The campaign of access to information was launched after journalists repeatedly complained about refusal to provide them information they need.
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