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Journalists slam Badakhshan authorities for censorship

Journalists slam Badakhshan authorities for censorship

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May 05, 2019 - 15:45

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Journalists in north-eastern Badakhshan province on Sunday expressed concern over local authorities’ denial to share information with them in a timely manner, calling it against the access to information law.

Dozens of media persons held a gathering in Faizabad, the provincial capital, to mark the Worldinfo-icon Press Freedom Day.

Samiullah Saehon, member of the provincial Journalist Union and a reporter with Salaam Watandar, said access to information law came into force five years back, but still some key government departments were unwilling to share information with media.

He said: “This brazen act of censorship by the government has been depriving the people of Badakhshan of their right to information and freedom of speech”, he said.

The media representatives urged the government to avoid censoring information in the province and abide by the law in this regard.

Naqibullah Saqibyar, another journalist, said in the past above 40 media outlets worked in the province but their number reduced to 11 due to lack of financial resources and no support of donors.

He said those denying information to media were in fact violating the access to information law and should be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

Abdul Basir Haqjo, provincial Journalist Union head, said unfortunately government officials were mostly complicit in incidents of violence against journalists. He said the Talibaninfo-icon were in second and powerful individuals in third place in terms of crimes against journalists.

He said, “Provincial officials have never coordinated with us in this regard, thus we urge the central government to address our issues in the province and assure our safety as well.”

Meanwhile, Akhtar Mohammad Khairzadah, deputy acting governor, said all government organs should cooperate with media persons in their access to information.

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