Law on licensing mass media outlets amended
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Cabinet’s legislative committee on Monday approved a suggestion of the Afghan media community amending the law governing establishment of mass media enterprises.
Shah Hussian Murtazawi, a spokesman to the president, said the cost of license and bank guarantee for media outlets had been decreased by 90 percent in some cases.
For example, he said, license for nationwide and local television channels was 50,000 afghanis in the past, but now it had been decreased to 10,000 afghanis and for a local TV channel to 3,000 afghanis.
He said a meeting of the legislative committee chaired by second vice-president, Sarwar Danish, approved the suggestion and decided to present the draft amendment to a Cabinet meeting for ratification.
Fahim Dashti, head of Afghanistan Journalists Association (AJA), welcomed the amendment to the mass media regulation and asked the Cabinet to approve it.
Based on the regulation enforced in November 2015, all media institutes are obliged to renew their licenses and pay a specific amount to the government in return.
Media activists in the past too had asked the president during meetings to amend the regulation. The president had promised action.
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