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Minister Zuhair calls media growth as significant achievement in Afghanistan

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: The Khaama Press news agency on Wednesday celebrated its 10th anniversary in Kabul, hosting government officials and civil society activists, including journalists and media representatives.

Mohammad Tahir Zuhair, Acting Minister of Information and Culture, congratulating the leadership and staff of Khaama Press on its recent achievement, saying generally media in Afghanistan has come a long way since its establishment during Amir Sher Ali Khan in 1860s.

“The significant changes we have witnessed from the past to the present is the emergence, growth and development of the media,” he said, adding more than 3,500 media outlets are registered at the ministry, most of which were short-lived and had disappeared while Khaama Press stood tall among the rest.

Najib Sharifi, President of Afghan Journalists Safety Committee, exclaimed it was gratifying that in a crisis-ridden and troubled society like Afghanistan, the media have made so much progress, particularly over the past two decades compared to neighboring countries.

Fatima Hashim, Managing Director of Khaama Press, thanked all its staff for accompanying them on this difficult, yet, vital journey of the agency for a decade now.

“Over the past ten years, Khaama Press reporters have been able to provide timely political, economic, social and cultural news to the public and their readers in a variety of frameworks and formats,” she said.

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