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Weesa orders cooperation with journalists

Weesa orders cooperation with journalists

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Feb 29, 2012 - 19:27

KANDAHAR CITY (PANinfo-icon): Kandahar Governor Tooryalai Weesa on Wednesday directed security officials to cooperate with media representatives and avoid creating problems for them in the performance of their professional obligations.

Local journalists have been protesting against government officials for refusing to share information about events with them in time and threatening them with arrests.

Speaking to a group of journalists at the governor’s house, Weesa admitted that reporters had often been subjected to violence, but they continued to raise their voice for people’s rights and freedom of expression.

“If security officials want to inform people about their ability, achievements and problems, they must cooperate with journalists,” Weesa stressed.  Coming hard on security personnel’s attitude toward media people, the governor promised to take up the issue with the officials concerned.  

The assurance comes two days after Afghan soldiers abused and threatened journalists at the 205th Atal Military Corps headquarters. As the reporters were about to leave the venue, a man in plainclothes used foul language against a Radio Television Afghanistaninfo-icon (RTA) team and snatched a microphone and camera them.

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