Afghanistan has has been removed as a member of the Media Freedom Coalition (MFC), the organization said in a statement, adding that this decision was taken in consultation with the MFC membership and as per the Coalition’s Terms of Reference.
“Afghanistan became a member country of the MFC in January 2020, when the government of President Ashraf Ghani committed to the Global Pledge on Media Freedom,” MFC said. “All MFC member countries committed to respect and uphold the Global Pledge, and are held accountable by members if they fail to do so.”
The Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) reacted to the decision of the MFC, saying that the decision was not taken based on facts.
“I don’t think this organization would be very important and is not famous as well. But we still call on all parties to take their decisions based on facts,” said Mahajar Farahi, deputy Minister of Information and Culture.
Meanwhile, some media support organizations said that the international community should support the Afghan media family.
“It is necessary that the international community supports journalists, so the journalists can do their activities in this country,” said Masroro Lutfi, head of the Afghanistan’s Journalists Union.
“In the current situation, it is into good that such organizations remove Afghanistan,” said Abdul Rahim Asim, a journalist.