The Ministry of Information and Culture's representatives in a meeting with members of the media and representatives of media institutions discussed the challenges the media faces and possible solutions.
At the meeting, the media's economic situation, the right to access information, and how to cover events were the major topics that were discussed.
According to the Ministry of Information and Culture, most of the media's problems will be resolved once the Commission on Media Violation (CMV) starts up.
"I can promise you that the commission we appointed doesn't just focus on the media. If there is lack of awareness on our part, we will pay attention to it and if the media is not informed of something, we will inform them, and if something happens, we'll sit down and figure it out,” said Minister Khairuddin Khairkhwa.
The participants at the meeting asked the Ministry of Information and Culture to make it easier for journalists to access information and address their problems.
"Unfortunately, until now, after a year has passed, we have not seen any codified laws in the media sector. And the information that the government sent to the media was on the level of an order or command," said Esmatullah Niazi, news director of TOLOnews.
"Some government spokespersons don't give media the information on time. Unfortunately, they respond to the reporter's question after two days. It is a major issue that needs to be addressed,” said Samim Froogh Faizi, a member of the Kabul News Agency.
"In the last year, if the media has accrued debt, it is entirely the result of the market's collapse and the resulting economic issues. In order for the media to continue its operations, we ask that --if it is within your area--that you suggest it to the Council of Ministers,” said Bashir Hatif, spokesman of the Federation of Afghanistan Journalists.
Officials of the ministry added that closing the media is not part of the Islamic Emirate's plan, and in the past year, most of the media outlet shutdowns were due to economic problems.
"Some media have been shut down over the past year. All brothers agree that the Islamic Emirate's politics and administration were never the cause of the closing of these media outlets. No one has yet been told to shut down their media,” said Abdul Haq Hamad, director of the media department of the ministry of information and culture.
According to the ministry, no journalists have been detained recently because of their work in the media, and no cases of journalist killings have been reported during this time.