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Zuhair: Cultural heritage preservation public responsibility

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: The Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Mohammad Tahir Zuhair called on citizens across the country to work together to preserve cultural heritage, especially in insecure areas of the country, Bakhtar News Agency reported Wednesday.
During a press conference at the Government Media and Information Center (GMIC) Mohammad Tahir Zuhair stressed that cultural heritage is the property of the people and called on the citizens to protect them, especially in the insecure and conflicted areas of the country.
“There was a concern that mafia groups, smugglers and opportunists might plunder historical sites and cultural heritage,” the acting minister told media.
Meanwhile, Haroon Hakimi, Deputy Minister of Culture and Arts of the Ministry of Information and Culture, said the cultural heritage belonged to all the people of the country and asked them to fulfill their responsibility in their protection, especially in war and insecure areas.
During the conference, Abdul Manan Shiway Sharq, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture for Publication Affairs also stressed that the Afghan government was committed to protect freedom of expression and that many social media users share unbalanced and unprofessional news and information ‘without distinguishing between positive and negative freedom.’
Sharq added that currently about three million social media are engaged in an unbalanced and unprofessional manner, which is a kind of media abnormality.
The deputy publication minister urged social media users to distinguish between positive and negative news, and called on the people to avoid trusting the information of non-professional reporters.

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