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Ghani orders strategy for info access law implementation

Ghani orders strategy for info access law implementation

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Jan 09, 2019 - 18:26

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has directed the Ministry of Information and Culture to chalk out a comprehensive strategy for implementation of the Access to Information Law.

The fresh presidential directives come after the Ministry of Interior (MoI) recently ordered its employees not to speak to the media on certain issues and limit their participation in media talks.

On Tuesday, some journalists in Jawzjan province rallied against the MoI move and tied their mouths in a mark of protest.

President Ghani held a meeting with freelance journalists from 34 provinces of the country late Tuesday.

According to a statement from the Presidential Palace, journalists Abdul Basir Haqjo, Wagmai Tokhi, Farhad Joya, Semin Sadaf spoke on behalf their community and informed the president regarding recent changes in the field of journalism in Afghanistaninfo-icon and problems journalists faced.

They shared their views with the president on social media networks, public views and offered their suggestions.

They thanked the president for his support for free media and journalists and hailed work his government had done so far for development of the sector.

Ghani also appreciated the views, analysis, and evaluation of journalists and said: “Picking the difficult field of journalism shows your love for the country, law and national interests.”

The president directed his spokesman Mohammad Haroon Chakhansuri to collect all views of journalists and present them for practical implementation ad approval at a Cabinet meeting because all the departments concerned should be present to approve them.

He asked the journalists to share their views regarding threats they faced with the national security advisor.

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