KABUL: Ministry of Information and Culture held a meeting titled ‘Commemoration of Martyr’s Week and Media Martyrs’ the other day, BNA reported.
During the meeting which was organized in cooperation with Afghanistan’s Journalists Federation, Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi expressed concern over lack of journalists and media staff safety.
She also reported about a guideline draft that has earlier been arranged to cover insurgents’ incidents, adding due to lack of media in-charges’ cooperation, it has not been finalized so far.
She stressed that execution of the guideline would help journalists not to lose their lives in the scenes, the agency added.
To support journalists and media staff, the ministry of information and culture applied some laws and regulations which enjoy visible benefits in compare with regional countries’ media law, according to her.
Pointing at construction of a minaret to honor media martyrs and draw more support to journalists’ supporting fund, Acting Minister Safi said the more the fund was supported, the more media staff would be addressed in different situations.
Afterward, Afghanistan journalists’ federation member gated Fahim Dashti briefed the session about his entity and journalists safety committee programs, asking the government and media supporting organizations to jointly work and prepare the ground for journalists and media staff safety.
Monir, Shaheed Shah Maray’s brother who had been martyred in Shash Darak suicide attack said that Martyr was the pride of the country and media staff. Nai, media supporting entity in-charge Mujib Khelwatgar reported about martyrdom of over a hundred journalists druing the recent years, saying the situation is getting worsened by each passing day and no effort is made in this respect. Deputy minister of information and culture on publication affairs Fazel Sancharaki said some exaggeration was made in delivering information, thus, the incidents should be covered in a way not to harm people’s morale. He added media should avoid showing graphic images. He stressed that the government and journalists supporting organizations should codify a draft to prevent journalists casualties.
At the end, Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi awarded a number of journalists and media in-charges with appreciation letters.
The Kabul Times