By: Suraya Raiszada
To commemorate the country’s 100th independence anniversary, a scientific seminar was held in Kabul to review a hundred year works of media and law.
The seminar was attended by a number of media elites, different countries’ ambassadors in Afghanistan, UN special envoy and journalists.
At the outset, appreciating the step taken by the deputy ministry of information and culture on publication affairs in the respect, acting minister of information and culture Hasina Safi said that fortunately, Afghanistan’s independence anniversary was turning 100, that’s why the government of Afghanistan has got its all plans to mark the independence anniversary.
She added as we have passed a century, should know what we have done during a hundred years, where did we start from, what are our achievements, where was our strength and what was the reason?
She stressed that we have specific plans on the country’s 100th anniversary and we have reviewed 100-year works of Afghanistan’s laws and media outlets during the scientific seminar.
Considering media’s activity over the last a hundred years, we should know in which part the media had cooperation with each other, how was the government and media outlets’ relation? Therefore, whatever is going to be discussed in the seminar should be practiced by media family so they can transfer them to future generations.
According to her, Afghanistan enjoys the most trustee laws in the region, thus, considering the country’s history, we should work more on cohesion, unity, nationalism, so that we can be a role model to future generations.
Meanwhile, UN general secretary in Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto while calling holding the seminar in current situation particularly awareness on 100-year works of law and media precious said that we would continue supporting media and their free activities in the country.
He added we have witnessed a great change in Afghanistan’s media outlets in less than twenty years, as despite difficulties and sacrifices they are placed in high position.
Calling media role significant to reflect truths and events particularly elections and peace, he added all media staff should be protected and their safety should be ensured.
Representing European Union (EU), Christian Jolie while calling media role important in the fields of democracy and freedom of speech said that fortunately, hopes have risen on reaching peace more than ever, adding election is a national process in which the media play key role on it.
EU would stand by Afghanistan’s media and would do its best to support press members, he went on to say.
Representing journalists’ federation, head of Afghanistan’s free media Mujib Khelwatgar briefly reviewed 100-year works of media in the country, saying if we put a glance on Afghanistan’s media activities over a hundred years ago, they have experienced many ups and downs.
Despite that, Afghanistan’s media have witnessed visible growth, because, for the first time, a radio television had started working which was unique in the region, he added.
In second part of the seminar, deputy minister of information and culture Sayed Aqa Fazel Sancharaki said that the government has done much for journalists and Afghanistan’s media outlets.
He added fortunately, our media could have their audiences from the view point of quality and quantity today, he continued.
The ministry of information and culture supports media and it is now working on a plan based on which the media should manage their activities, he went on to say.
Pointing at establishing government and media joint commission which is led by the first vice president, he said the steps taken on the field of media have been unique and addressing journalists’ cases are among other works which will seriously be pursued by the government.
Habibullah Rafiyee a researcher and writer on regional and Afghanistan affairs presented an article titled development of law and media in Amania era which was mostly focused on media growth in the country.
Likewise, head-researcher of Afghanistan’s academy of sciences Farzana Habibi reviewed thirteen years of the government’s period and media role and presented its brief in the seminar.
She added fortunately, a revolution has been appeared in Afghanistan’s delivering awareness section.
Pointing at Amania era, she added however, media and law have considerably grown, but the journalists are still facing challenges and problems.
Head of the commission on access to information Bahaduri said that law in Afghanistan had visibly grown over the last a hundred years particularly during King Amanullah Khan’s era, as all governments have accepted them as a tradition.
Representing Afghanistan’s free media, head of Pajhwok news agency Karukhil pointed out at a few key issues and said that media have changed into an important economic sector to the government.
During the seminar, two freedom icons were conferred on two journalists Shafiqa Habibi and Hamid Mubariz for their services within the ministry of information and culture.
After reviews and presenting articles by a number of writers and culturists, a ten-article declaration was issued at the end of the seminar.