A number of journalists on Saturday criticized the lack of access to information and said that spokesmen of government institutions are not cooperating with them in this respect.
The journalists said they are also concerned about the lack of access to on-time information that ends in losing the chance to have timely coverage of incidents and news content.
“Unfortunately, there are many problems when it comes to access to information and we cannot pass on information to the people on time,” said Mustafa Sharyar, a journalist.
“On contrary of their remarks, access to information has not yet been shared with the media and journalists,” said Mohammad Raqeeb Fayaz, a journalist.
Media-supporting organizations said that access to information is the fundamental right of Afghan citizens and that all government institutions need to cooperate with the people in this respect.
“Access to information is the fundamental right of the people. We call on the Islamic Emirate to provide accurate information to journalists based on existing laws in Afghanistan,” said Masroor Lutfi, head of Afghanistan’s National Journalists Union.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information and Culture said that efforts are underway to address issues in access to information.
“The spokesmen are appointed to share information. If the media organizations face such issues, they should inform us on time,” said Hayatullah Muhajar, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture.
Lack of access to information has been one of the main challenges for journalists over the past 19 months.