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Govt’s spokespeople urged to allow media access to information

Absence of coordination among spokespersons results in obscurity, says CEO’s spokesman

AT-KABUL: Spokesman to the country’s chief executive officer on Tuesday expressed serious concerns over poor coordination among government spokespeople and problems created by the spokespersons for media.

In a conference attended by spokespersons working in government departments, Mujeebur Rahman Rahimi said that media should be allowed to access information.

He said that according to a law regarding access to information, media should be facilitated in terms of sharing factual information to inform public of realities.

Replying to a question the spokesman said that both local and foreign media is receiving information without discrimination.

Regarding poor coordination among the spokespersons, Rahimi said that absence of a comprehensive coordination policy resulted in obscurity and created challenges for the national unity government.

While not mentioning any name, he said that some of the spokespersons call the insurgents as political opposition while others as terrorists. “I as the spokesperson of CEO call them [the Taliban] as enemies of Afghanistan. It stirred concerns among the public and gives impression that there are differences between the two leaders [Ghani and Abdullah]. Therefore, coordination among the spokespeople is important,” he said.

He said that improving coordination among the spokespeople would be discussed in the two-day conference in order to have same stance on all national and international issues.

Spokesperson to the Ministry of Defense, Gen. Zahir Azemi, acknowledged that poor coordination exists. He said that spokespeople stationed in provinces and capital city of the country should enhance coordination. He also confirmed that some spokesmen are holding information while creating challenges for media.

He said the access to information law should be respected and media should be allowed to inform public of realities.

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