Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi spoke about the recent attacks on journalists in Afghanistan at an event which was organized by the Foreign Correspondents Club South Asia (FCCSA) on May 5, 2018 in New Delhi.

While  expressing the condolences with the media family over the loss of 11 journalists and thanking FCC for organizing such an event to honour the lives of the Afghan journalists, Dr. Abdali spoke about the causes of these attacks and said: “The message of these attacks was clear, to shut down the voice for justice, equality and democratic principles.”

Talking about the achievements of the Afghan media, post 2001 the Afghan Ambassador referred to the freedom of expression in Afghanistan and said: “The freedom of speech in Afghanistan, I believe is the freest in the region which has been ensured by the government of Afghanistan.”

Ambassador Abdali also spoke about the Afghan government’s efforts in order to protect journalists and facilitate a better and easier working environment including calling for journalists’ access to information as well as a well-received by law on the establishment and activity of private media outlets.

Dr. Abdali concluded that the government of Afghanistan makes sure that the measures provided to the Afghan media is in place and provides with conducive environment to the press to move around freely. He also called upon the global media organizations to reinforce the efforts of one another in order to protect journalists globally.

 

 

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