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Paktia journalists boycott coverage of govt, Taliban

Paktia journalists boycott coverage of govt, Taliban

Sep 07, 2018 - 18:43

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Journalists associated with local and foreign media outlets in southeastern Paktia province on Friday announced boycotting the coverage of government and Talibaninfo-icon activities until they are allowed timely access to information.

The decision to boycott the warring sides was announced on Friday by the journalists during a press conference in Gardez City, the provincial capital.

Paktia press club president Haqmal Massoudzai said that reporters were denied accurate and timely information and as a result, they faced problems.

“Recently, the warring sides have started giving us wrong figures and information, our demand is that we should be given correct and timely information,” he said.

Paktia-based Aryana News reporter Farid Ahmadzai said journalists faced restrictions while trying to find access to information particularly about attacks.

“If the warning sides do not share information with us on time, our collective decision is that we will boycott their both positive and negative activities.”

Radio Azadi reporter in Paktia Aseel Zazai said the denial of timely information had eroded the credibility of journalists and media outlets.

Al Jazeera reporter Abdullah Mukhlis said access to information was every Afghan’s right and those hiding such information violated the Constitution.

“It has become hard to find access to information and giving journalists incorrect figures damages their credibility.”

The journalists also asked the government to take measures for their security and urged the warring sides not to target journalists.

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