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Neighbours’ bid to influence Afghan journalists flayed

Neighbours’ bid to influence Afghan journalists flayed

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Aug 08, 2012 - 20:18

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): An Afghan media support organisation on Wednesday voiced concern at neighbours’ efforts to form journalist associations of their choice in the war-torn country.

The watchdog warned such a move would curb the freedom of expression in Afghanistaninfo-icon on the one hand and sow dissension among media personnel on the other.

A statement from Nai specifically referred to Iranian and Pakistani bids to use Afghan media professionals to achieve their own goals in the country.

“Nai considers such bodies as constituted by neighbouring countries a cause for concern and wants journalists to be alert to the maneuvers that may vitiate the media freedom environmentinfo-icon,” the statement added.

It also urged the government to prevent the neighbours’ interventions and act in coordination with the journalist fraternity to protect the media freedom in Afghanistan.

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