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20 journalists, media workers plan to contest Oct 20 polls

20 journalists, media workers plan to contest Oct 20 polls

May 12, 2018 - 16:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): More than 20 journalists and media activists have made their intention public to run for Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon seats in Oct 20 elections, a move praised by some people.

The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) has announced October 20 the date to hold the long-delayed Wolesi Jirga and district council elections. Some people have already announced their possible nominations.

According to a Pajhwok Afghan News report, 94 people including 79 percent of them current and three former Wolesi Jirga members have said they plan to jump into the fray in Kabul.

A number of journalists and media activists have also showed their interest in contesting the upcoming elections.

Many journalists, including two of them from Pajhwok Afghan News – Saifullah Maftoon from southern Ghazni province and Qutbuddin Kohi from Faryab —and Journalists Protection Committee’s advocacy in charge, Seddiqullah Tawhidi and former Tolo News TV channel’s political program manager, Muslim Shirzad, have confirmed their candidature in the parliamentary elections.

Jamal Naser Farhmand, Tolo TV anchor from Faryab and Saleha Sadat, former Tolo TV reporter in Kabul, are other media activists who have announced the same intention.

Noor Aqa Sharifi, Arzo TV director in Balkh, Dr. Mohammad Shafi Mushfiq, director of Dunya-i-Nawin radio in Parwan, Zabihullah Mujaidi, director of Oranos TV in Kunduz, Obaidullah Qazizadah, director of Roshani TV from Kunduz, Elyas Shams, director of Jahan TV, Mirwais Stanikzai, a journalist of Shmshad TV from Kabul and Abdul Wakil Ashrafi, an officer of Noor TV from Ghazni are possible candidates.

Abdul Qadir Hotkhel, a Milli TV reporter from Kabul, Dr. Najibullah Paikan, director of Nehad radio from Balkh, Hassan Sardash, a former reporter of Aryana and Milli TV channels, Amina Mukhliszada a journalist of Sada-I-Millat journal, Faiz Azimi, a reporter of Khurshid TV from Kapisa, Salim Poya, director of Sportsinfo-icon-3 TV from Kapisa and Haroon Mutarif a media activist from Kabul are other potential candidates in the parliamentary elections.

Abdul Hamid Hamid, a resident of Kabul, praised journalists for standing in the upcoming parliamentary elections as a good move and said media activists had the skill who to raised problems of ordinary people and they could better represent their constituents.

He said except a limited number of media activists, all other people who made their way to the Parliament in the past were powerful figures, jihadi commanders, political parties’ members, capitalists and individuals backed by some foreign countries. These people worked for goals of groups they were connected.

Parwiz Shaheer, a journalist in Kabul, told Pajhwok Afghan News that journalists could better represent their people because they were grown up among ordinary people and were aware about their situation.

“I do not say this because I am a journalist, but journalists are the class of people who can work,” he said.

Navid Mohammadi, a media worker, also praised journalists’ nomination and said that journalists could defend the rights of their fellow workers, media activists and people if they remained committed to the values of their profession.

He said media activists were wide-awake and they could better represent their people because they knew people’s situation.

However, Mujib Khelwatgar, head of Nai, an organization that supports open media in Afghanistaninfo-icon, called Parliament a source of income. “The image we have about the Parliament is not a good image, it is a place where most people work for their personal and patrician interests, not for the law.”

He said an institution that contained problems could not be corrected with entrance of good people. “We are worried these media activists would probably become dealers.”

Khilwatgar said presence of media activists in Parliament also had a positive impact as they could be helpful in legislation about media. But he said being a journalist he would never want to find his way to the parliament.



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