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Copy Right Board established to address publishers’ problems: Sancharaki

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KABUL: The joint commission of Publishers and Evaluation of Foreign Publications held session here at the Ministry of Information and Culture yesterday.
Addressing the meeting, Deputy Minister of Publications Fazel Sancharaki said government was committed and having firm will to safeguard the freedom of expression, publishers’ rights and those creating intellectual works, adding laws were also created to guarantee their rights.
“MoIC has created a board to address the issues of publishers. Our Copy Right department has so far registered more than 10 thousand of ISBN which shows eye-catching growth,” Sancharaki added, saying 57 cases of copy right has also been addressed by the ministry. Hinting to the commission of foreign publications, the deputy minister said the commission members were consisted of elite and prominent figures and working to evaluate the books and publications based on Afghanistan’s accepted laws, culture and national interest.
“Recently the commission for evaluation of foreign publications has been included in the law of mass media so that to independently work and evaluate the publications,” Sancharaki added. He went on asking publishers to once review their works before sending them for evaluation, so that to be acceptable for all strata of the society.Meanwhile the session continued with remarks by member of the Afghanistan’s overall Ulema Council Khudabakhsh Mohsini, saying those publications in contrary with Islamic teachings and Afghanistan’s national interest should not be published, asking publishers to act based on accepted principles and existed laws.
Representing publishers, Said Ahmad Saidi enumerateda number of their problems, including allocating of specific places for booksellers and holding of exhibitions.
The meeting was held to address the publishers’ issues as well as to prevent publishing of materials which are in contrary to freedom of expression, national interest, culture and mass media law.
The Kabul Times

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.