Afghanistan Journalist Center condemns the action of attorney’s office for calling the heads of 8 Sobh Newspaper

Kabul, Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Afghanistan Journalists Center considers the act of attorney’s office in calling the heads of 8 Sobh daily a violation of the country’s media law and condemns it with the strongest terms.

Based on the information provided to AFJC, the attorney’s office called the heads of 8 Sobh daily over the phone—an act against the administrative norms—to come and provide information about an investigative report “The Afghan mines are being looted” that was published in the paper on March 30, 2013.

This investigative report provided detailed information about “massive corruption” in the ministry of mines.

Afghanistan Journalists Center seriously condemns the act of attorney’s office to call the heads of this newspaper before the violation of the paper is observed or confirmed by the Media Violation Investigation Commission. The AFJC considers this act against the law.

Mohammad Monir, a member of directorate of counter crimes of attorney’ office said to BBC that the ministry of mines filed a complaint against 8 Sobh daily in three departments including the attorney’s office, and his department acted to observe that complaint; therefore, Mr. Parvez Kawa the editor in chief of 8 Sobh daily came to attorney’s office.

According to this official, Mr. Kawa told the attorney’s office that the case of 8 Sobh daily was under process in the Media Violation Investigation Commission.  He added that the attorney’s office will sent back the case to Media Violation Investigation Commission.

The Media Violation Investigation Commission member, Wahid Gharwal has said that their observation of 8 Sobh daily newspaper has not been finalized, and the commission has sent no official letters to any judicial department.

According to Mr. Gharwal, the commission will officially inform the judicial departments, 8 Sobh daily and the ministry of mines, once it makes a final decision about this complaint.

Minister of Information and Culture, Saed Makhdom Raheen heads the Media Complaints Commission.

Also, The Media Complaint Commission introduced the Arman-e Milli Daily newspaper of Kabul to Attorney General Office following the complaints of some official of Kabul international airport.

Four months ago, Arman-e Milli Daily published a report about "smuggling of 20 kilos of gold from Kabul airport" outside.

A month earlier, the daily was introduced to Attorney General Office following the complaints of a member of the Afghan parliament; the MP was named in the report of lobbying for the release of an accused terrorist in Badakhshan province.