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Media must develop culture of introspection: Mediothek

“As media is part of the society and the nation, that’s why it must take national interests into account while reporting particularly when it comes to reporting conflict,” say participants of media conference

AT-KABUL: Mediothek Afghanistan on Thursday urged media outlets should introduce a culture of introspection and take national interests into account when it comes to reporting conflict.

Mediothek Afghanistan organized a media conference: “Professional Approach and Conduct of Media in Reporting on Conflict”, which was attended by heads of different media outlets where they discussed how to balance reporting.

Head of Pajhwok news agency, Danish Karokhil, said that media outlets must report to create an intellectual society while looking at national interests. He said that media must create awareness among the masses that who is their foe and who is their friend. “Media outlets can also cooperate in fighting security challenges by unmasking the true faces of those who create security troubles,” he viewed.

Pointing at brain-drain, he said it is media that can mobilize the youth to stay at homeland and work for its development instead of running after others. He said that every media outlets have responsibilities while reporting and the responsibilities multiply when it comes to reporting in conflict times therefore they must fulfill these responsibilities. “It is a moral obligation that media must support Afghan security forces and report their achievements,” he said.

Chief Editor of Hasht-e-Sobh, Shah Hasan Murtazawi said that most of the media outlets are being financially supported by parties, embassies and other organizations, which at sometimes affect their free reporting. He said that unfortunately some media outlets are dependent on provinces and ethnic affiliations, which is they are unable to report fairly. He suggested that media must remain neutral and must motivate the people of Afghanistan on standing unite irrespective of their ethnic and political affiliations.

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