Officials of the Islamic Emirate on Monday pledged to support the freedom of expression under the structure of Islamic regulation.
Talking at a ceremony held to increase coordination between the media and related institutions, the spokesman for the Interior Minister Sayed Khosti said that the Islamic Emirate would not allow anyone to silence the freedom of expression.
“The Islamic Emirate supports the freedom of expression based on Islamic values and the country’s interest, and is committed to not allow anyone to make obstacles for the media,” he added.
The journalists and media watchdogs called on the officials of the Islamic Emirate to form a clear scheme for freedom of speech and media policy.
“An amendment should be formed for the media. So, based on the scheme of the Islamic Emirate the media should run their activities,” said Abdul Moyed Hashimi, head of Afghanistan’s journalists safety committee.
Meanwhile, Police radio, which had halted operations for nearly three months, resumed broadcasting on Monday.
The Interior Ministry urged citizens to share their problems via this radio with the security officials.
However, due to the shutdown of many media organizations which made dozens of media workers jobless, some Afghan journalists have been forced to take hazardous jobs.
Mustafa Jafari, a cameraman, who has worked in Afghan media for around eight years, is currently working as a vendor.
“I was jobless for four months. I felt that I was going to have mental problems because I was home night and days,” he added.
Based on reported figures, dozens of media employees have recently become jobless after many media organizations stopped their activities due to the economic crisis and what they called the ‘imposition of restrictions’.