By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Chairing a cabinet meeting yesterday, President Ghani has ordered the recall of the amended draft of the mass media law from the parliament until the draft is further discussed with the media under the leadership of the Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh, the Presidential Palace said in a statement on Monday.
President Ghani said in the cabinet meeting that the Afghan government has always been committed to supporting the freedom of speech and enhancing the media activities and that “fortunately, we have no one in custody on charges of violating freedom of speech.”
The amended draft of the mass media law was sent to parliament last week, which raised concerns among the media community and groups supporting the media.
The mass media law that was enacted in 2006 has 54 articles and now the government has proposed amendments to at least 13 articles of the law, something that has been harshly criticized by 20 prominent Afghan media outlets and journalists’ rights organizations.