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Access to information is curtailing: Media watchdog

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KABUL: A media supporting agency (NAI) expresses concerns over the current situation of access to information in Afghanistan, saying it is in “critical condition” and is worsening.

The agency said in a report issued on Monday that security organs have the worst condition of access to information.

100 journalists from five zones answered to questions in the report.

Mojib Khalwatgar, head of the NAI blamed security forces for not cooperating with journalists in providing information.

He said that spokespersons of the security bodies rarely answer to reports’ calls and when they pick phones, their response is more the government propaganda.

Khalwatgar also criticized presidential office for being “weak” in cooperating with journalists, saying they choose reporters who are their friends to share information.

The report said that judiciary, municipality, ministries of public health, finance and commerce also keep distance from journalists.

Reporters also call the condition of access to information a matter a concern and blame government officials for not answering their questions.

They call on the commission of access to information to help them in resolving the problem.

Government’s failure, hiding of information and inefficiency of the commission of access to information are called the reasons that government officials try not to help them in giving information.

But a presidential spokesman rejects the allegations, saying that the government gives full information to reporters any time.

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