The Afghan government has earmarked a certain amount of funding for each province, due to COVID-19 disease outbreak. So far, special funding has been allocated to Herat, Kandahar and Kabul provinces. This budget is allocated for different working fields depending on the vulnerability of those sectors.
Nai insistently urges media and journalists, while COVID 19 is going on the ground, they should pay more attention and be more accountable and responsible on their professional performance
Media outlets in the country are in a critical and historic situation. Performance of media in this crucial situation can change peoples’ life and destiny in the country.
Last week was the worst week for freedom of expression and access to information in the country. During this period about 10 complaints have been registered at Nai Media Watch, most of them revealed that one of the major challenges that journalists face is inaccessibility to information.
All parties to the conflict in Afghanistan have the mission, duty, and responsibility to preserve the 18 years achievements in the country
On the eve of signing the US-Taliban agreement, Nai along with welcoming this action wants to call up the following points:
The behavior of the security forces should not be based on the critical political situation with citizens and journalists
Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan has recorded complaints regarding the behavior of security forces in the provincial headquarters with journalists in the northern zones including Badakhshan, Takhar, Kunduz and Baghlan provinces.
Any complaints against media should be referred to Media Offense and Complaints Commission rather than judicial authorities
On November 30, 2019, a Facebook user by the name of Mubarez Nowrozi, an employee of Economic Ministry had written a critical comment beneath the post of Mr. Amrullah Saleh, the head of Afghanistan Green Trend and the deputy for Mr. Ghani’s electoral team.
The recent Press Release of Taliban raised concerns towards freedom of expression while peace talk process is ongoing
Taliban have issued a press release accusing “Khabaryal” website on spreading propaganda against Taliban’s officials and claimed that the page is bewildering public’s minds.
The recent directive issued by Ministry of the Interior Affairs of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan causes restrictions on freedom of expression and access to information
The Ministry of Interior has issued a directive on its social media pages which addressed officials at the ministry and causes to violate freedom of expression and access to information.
A group of media outlets in the country protested the restriction on access to information.
Based on the Reporters without Borders “RSF” report and the statistics recorded at Nai Media Watch department, journalists and media staff assassination has significantly been reduced in Afghanistan. Nai’s Statistics reveal that 10 journalists and media staff had been killed in 2019 while 20 journalists and media staff were killed in 2018.