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Journalist Support Fund head accused of discrimination

Journalist Support Fund head accused of discrimination

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Jun 18, 2019 - 19:40

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Journalists and Media Federation (AJMF) on Tuesday accused head of the Journalist Support Fund (JSF) of discrimination, demanding change in the fund leadership.

A number of AJMF members today organized a press conference about internal problems and discrimination in JSF.

Fahim Dashti, head of Afghanistan’s National Journalists Union and a leading member of JSF, said he had talked with the president about creation of the fund two years ago for assisting journalists.

“More than 50 journalists and families of martyred media workers, injured and those who had incurable diseases were assisted during the last one year, while only six journalists were assisted during the last six years,” he said.

He said Mohammad Asif Wardak and a number of other JSF members were violating their duties and had created problems for transparency and an effective mechanism.

JSF has no an office and all documents are kept with Wardak at his home, he said. “In the recent attack on a students’ vehicle in Kabul, a media worker named Jawid Kargar was injured in his leg but the JSF did not assist him,” he added.

On June 2, a vehicle transporting Burhanuddin University students in Kabul was targeted with a magnetic bomb in the fifth police district that left one person killed and 10 others including Kargar wounded.

Dashti said, “Wardak opposed treatment of Kargar because he had criticized the JSF head on social media in some posts.”

However, Mohammad Asif Wardak told Pajhwok Afghan News that the fund box was an independent organization and it had no political, tribal and governmental affiliation.

He said it was irrelevant to AJMF to comment on his organization because it had no importance for the JSF.

“JSF is active and assists journalists in need as a number of media workers referred to the organization last Thursday immediately received the help they were in need, he said.

He said only those journalists could get help from the organization who gave a little amount of money for survival of the JSF and their healthinfo-icon insurance.

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