Govt’s support led to Afghanistan’s membership of Global Press Freedom Coalition: Minister Safi

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Hasina Safi in an interview with VoA said yesterday that there was major reduction in violence against journalists in 2019, adding that government investigated and addressed most of the cases of violence against Afghan journalists, Bakhtar news agency said.
“The government has investigated 105 cases of violence against journalists in 2019 and addressed most of the cases,” the minister told VoA as quoted by the agency.
Nai that supports free media in Afghansitan has also said 115 cases of violence against journalists were registered in 2019 that shows 42 percent reduction comparing to previous years, the agency added.
Hinting to problems of female journalists in the country, the acting minister of information and culture said there were 1600 female journalists working for different media in the country, adding 700 of which were professional journalists.
The acting minister assured the ministry’s full support for freedom of press and expression in the country, adding the joint committee of media and government and the safety committee were also helping the affairs. The minister also said that the law of access to information had earlier been approved and the mas media procedures have also been prepared, according to the agency. 

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