Journalists welcome commission establishment to settle work dispute

By: Suraya Raiszada

KABUL: Journalists have welcomed a commission established to resolve works disputes among media workers and called the move an effective step to settle problems and challenges among journalists countrywide.
Deputy Head of the commission, Mujib Khelwatgar said that the commission has been established under the regulation of the mass media to tackle any work disputes among the journalists.
According to him, the representative of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has been appointed as the head of the commission, with representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Information and Culture as well as two media society and another from the National Labourers’ Union of Afghanistan as members, said Khilwatgar.
“The commission is very helpful for settling any media dispute,” said the Deputy Head of the Commission and Chief Executive Officer for the NAI – Afghanistan Media Support Agency went on as saying the media support agencies have been previously working as mediator between the media and their workers, but with the establishment of the commission the issues would be treated from a strong position.
A number of journalists welcome the establishment of the commission and believe many of issues and disputes relating to them would be addressed through the commission.
Farzana Mustamand, one of the journalists said despite that several years ago, such committees have been established under the pretext of supporting journalists, but nothing had been still done for them so far and no practical step has been taken for addressing their disputes.
“Journalists are facing threats such as verbal abuse and violence by powerful individuals, but no supporting agencies have still taken practical action in this field neither advocated for them,” she said.
Another journalist, Parviz Hamdard told The Kabul Times that the more the number monitoring entities increase the more their role get effective.
He hoped the commission could successfully manage the issue and tackle the entire problems taking place between media outlet and their related staffs.
The commission is newly established with no agency at the provincial level and any media workers having complaints can contact the commission’s main office in Kabul.

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