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NUG will strongly support freedom of speech: CEO

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) in joint venture with the Kabul municipality had laid the foundation stone for a reminisce minaret for media victims killed in Afghanistan in the past 16-year in Kabul’s Pule-e-Bagh-e-Omomi area of Kabul city.

“National Unity Government (NUG) stand firm at the side of people in supporting freedom of speech,” Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said while addressing guests at the ceremony.

He said that this minaret is a dagger into the heart of those people with dark idea, who want to suffocate people vice.

He said that in past years often people vice has been suffocated, even if they rose vice as a consultant, but today we reached to fair situation in the aspect.

Although there is up and down, but the way was passed is the durable and right path, which no one can get it back, he insisted.

CEO said that those who commit violence against media should not be exemption.

Pointing to his interview in last year, he said that although I did not commit any violence on that time just trying to guide the interviewee, but still I am regret about it.

Head of Head of Independent Administrative Reforms and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC) Nader Naderi said that “establishing of commemoration minaret is sign of sacrifice and commitment of a generation, who struggle for legalization of freedom.”

Pointing to Taliban attack on media outlets, he said that media family suffered enough sacrifices.

According to report the year 2017 is considered the deadliest year for journalists and media in the history of Afghanistan, states Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) said in its yearly report recently.

AJSC recorded a total of 169 incidences of violence and intimidation, which includes killing, injury, beating, detention, threats and verbal assault of journalists and media workers. 20 journalists were killed, all by the Taliban and the Afghanistan branch of ISIS.

The data shows a 67 percent increase of incidences compared to the year 2016. The incidences of killing of journalists also were increased by 54 percent.



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