KABUL: A number of journalists at a gathering in Kabul expressed criticism over the activities of the media wachdogs in Afghanistan and said that they would not recognize any media watchdogs as they are being negligent toward the Afghan media community.
They held a gathering under the heading of “justice for journalists” in Kabul on Wednesday.
They claimed that media wachdogs have failed to address the challenges ahead of the Afghan journalists.
“These organizations have not been supportive of journalists, and so the journalists called on the Islamic Emirate and relevant organizations to not recognize these organization as media watchdogs,” said Mohammad Raqib Fayaz, a participant.
“These organizations misused the title of journalist. There are lobbies in the foreign organizations,” said Mubeen Ahmad Muwahid, another participant.
Meanwhile, media watchdogs have various opinions about their activities as the media watchdogs.
“Whenever a journalist has any problem regarding the Afghanistan Independent Journalists’ Association (AIJA), they can refer to the AIJA,” said Hujatullah Mujadidi, head of the AIJA.
“The individuals who has no legitimate position, they don’t have the authority to dissolve the media organization,” said Sayed Ali Azghar Akbarzada, a member of AIJA.
The participants in the gathering called on the Islamic Emirate to restart activities of the Commission of Media Violation.
According to available numbers, mote than 20 media watchdogs are active in Afghanistan.