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MoI draws flak on posting alleged criminals’ photos

MoI draws flak on posting alleged criminals’ photos

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May 30, 2020 - 20:54

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Many people expressed their anger after the Ministry of Interior uploaded and then moved photographs of some alleged criminals on its official Facebook page on Saturday.

On its Facebook page, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) uploaded but deleted photographs of some alleged robbers detained in Khairkhan locality of Kabul.

The ministry had in the past also published photographs of alleged criminals, with some blurred, but this time the removal of criminals’ photographs sparked strong criticism from social media users.

Basir Ahmad, a social media activist, wrote that if individuals involved in suicide attacks were not made public on social media “why the photo of a teenage Panjshiri youth is made public.“

Ahmad Salem, another social media activist, wrote: “Criminals should be punished in line with the law, but why the photos of criminals from a specific ethnic group or area are made public. The aim of the Ministry of Interior is to disgrace a particular portion of societyinfo-icon. ”

Reacting to these comments, Acting Interior Minister Masoud Andarabi on his tweeter account wrote: “We welcome constructive criticism. The photographs of alleged criminals will be deleted and instructions would be given.”

Andarabi’s comments also sparked reaction from different people.

Ziaul Haq wrote: “If hiding the identity of criminals is legal than all criminals should be treated accordingly.”

Saleem Khan wrote: “Acting interior minister sought apology from supporters of criminals because they belonged to Panjshir province.”

Some social media activists believe a conspiracy is being hatched against the MoI Social Media Head Najib Nangyal.

Ershad Raghan in his message to Masoud Andarabi wrote: “If you have biasness with the MoI Media Head Najib Nangyal so it is a separate issue. For years the MoI media wing has been working this way.”

Salahuddin Karbir said that Nangyal had started revealing criminals and he should be supported.

MoI Spokesperson Tariq Aryan said Nagyal had been asked through Whatsapp about the incident but he had not yet responded.

Kabul University Teacher Shahla Farid said under the law, no authority had the right to disclose alleged criminals and damage their personality.

Referring to the uploading and removal of alleged criminals photos on MoI social media, she said the act might be supported by a specific group to pressurize another. “The law, however, is one and there is no second option.”

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