By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Peace reporting discourse was jointly held by the Afghanistan’s National Journalists Union (ANJU) and Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ) here in Kabul yesterday, where the panelists and participants discussed ways to improve peace reporting and literature in the country’s media.
Addressing the inauguration speech, Fahim Dashti head of ANJU said that war has always been in media’s reporting for the last 20 years and much spent to persuade media and journalists to cover conflicts related incidents, but according to him now it is the time to focus on peace reporting.
“We are facing a new chapter which efforts are now made for lasting peace, therefore we need to focus on peace reporting,” Dashti added, saying since Afghan government was making efforts for achieving peace, therefore it was essential for journalists to act as a responsible citizens and fulfill their obligation for the peace in the country. “Journalists need to replace war related literature to that of the peace.”
Meanwhile CPAWJ head Farida Nikzad said that peace reporting discourse have been held in 20 provinces and journalists widely supporting the program and demanding expansion it to other provinces.
“Our today’s headlines are all bout war and even the war related pictures and videos are used for the peace related reports, which is needed to be changed,” she added.
Deputy to High Council for National Reconciliation, Asadullah Sadati highlighted media’s important mission in dissemination of information to the public, saying Afghanistan has witnessed rapid growth of media activities in the last 20 years and such achievements would be preserved in the ongoing talks.
“Media can play its role for peace in the country through unbiased reporting, analysis, broadcasting of the views of experts and people.
Meanwhile the deputy ministry of information and culture on publication affairs, Abdul Manan Shiway Sharq called media a bridge between the government and people, saying there would be a blind government sans media presence.
“We need a peace with democratic values, women’s presence, justice and freedom,” Sharq added, saying this was media that could raise such values. He also said that media’s role was neglected in Doha talks, adding that Intra-Afghan talks needed to be focused by media, so that people be informed from the ongoing developments.
He also said that deputy minister has managed to prepare a list of journalists in coordination with MoFA and Administrative Office of the President to cover peace talks in Doha.
“MoIC is the only address for journalists and we are the organ that can advocate for the journalists’ rights,” Sharq added.
The discoursed continued with open discussion of media representatives, reporters as well as media supporting institutions, where they emphasized on inclusion of peace literature in media reports.