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Journalists blast police chief for not sharing info

Journalists blast police chief for not sharing info

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Dec 31, 2019 - 13:37

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): A number of journalists in southeastern Khost province on Tuesday blamed the police chief for not sharing information with the media.

They claimed Brig. Gen. Sayed Ahmad Babazai, who was appointed as Khost police chief a year back, had since been refusing to cooperate with media professionals.

Bismallah Arman, a reporter with Alam Media Production, told Pajhwok Afghan News he had been unable to get Babazai’s comments on any issue since his appointment.

He said the police headquarters seized some drugs last week, but could not file a story in the incident, as the police chief declines his request.

Arman said, “As a journalist wanted to make a report on the policemen training so I made the report within six months with a lot of difficulties but I was not able to have the police chief comment in this regard.”

Qabil Noor Hamkar, a Gharkhat TV reporter, also assailed the police chief for refusing to share any kind of information with journalists.

He said they were provided written information regarding incidents, but such details were not useful for feature writers.

“The police chief doesn’t want to share voice or video clips with media people. Such clips are so important for a TV or radio journalists,” he argued.

Akbar Yasini, a reporter with Zhman TV in Khost, held a similar view. If the situation remained unchanged, there would be bad outcomes, he warned.

On the other hand, Babazai said he might have withheld information on certain issues. But overall, the police boss added, he did provide information to the media well in time.

“At times, I may be busy with meetings, but the journalists could take comments from police spokesman Adil Haidar anytime.

Earlier, Adil Haidar said they always shared information with the media, but they were barred by the Ministry of Interior from giving details of certain incidents without its permission.

Based on the Access to Information Law, all government organs are responsible for sharing information with the media. Confidential information is an exception, however.

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