April 25, 2015
Kabul: CEO Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday assured journalists attending a two-day Afghanistan Federation of Journalists conference in Kabul that the National Unity Government (NUG) was committed to ensuring freedom of speech.
The conference, under the theme Media and the Decade of Change, has drawn journalists from around the country who will take part in discussions on future opportunities and challenges that they face.
Kicking off the conference, Abdullah said government would stand by Afghan journalists in matters concerning the framework of government and that those attending Saturday's meeting should make sure that issues raised were resolved.
He said the issue of civil rights was not a minor problem and that officials needed to , in particular, pay attention to the rights of journalists.
According to him, NUG leaders appreciate the work done by journalists.
"We will support you and stand by you," he said.
He also raised the issue of harassment of journalists by government officials and said this practice had to stop.
"We will stop harassment of journalists by government organizations," he said.
On the issue of Access to Information Law, he said not enough attention was being paid to this.
We need officials to pay attention to the rights of journalists. Tolonews