Journalists blamed the spokespersons of the Islamic Emirate for not providing information, saying that access to information has been restricted.
The journalists said that the spokespersons of the Islamic Emirate have not been cooperating with the media and providing access to information for the past two weeks.
“This makes obstacles for the media. The government should be responding to the media so that the people know about the situation,” said journalist Jawad Etimad.
Media watchdogs also expressed concerns over the restriction of access to information, and urged the government to share the information with the media community.
“Based on an appropriate program, they should provide information to the media and put an end to the concerns of the people and media community over access to information which is very slow now,” said Masror Lutfi, head of the Afghanistan National Journalists’ Union.
However, the Islamic Emirate’s Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid earlier announced that the mass media law which was drafted by the previous Afghan governments is valid.
“The spokespersons are not ready to provide us with a clip. They make excuses that they are not available or sometimes they see the messages on WhatsApp but don’t reply to it,” said Sahib Deen Samim, a journalist.
The Afghan media community is also struggling with refusals by government spokesmen to participate in interviews to provide information over the ongoing situation in the country.
Despite consecutive efforts, TOLOnews was not able to obtain comments on this from the Islamic Emirate spokespersons.