The social media footage reveals that two members of the Peace Deliberative ” Loya Jirga” have been pulled out forcefully by the security forces from the Jirga Hall. It is indicated that those two men were supposed to raise their voice and express their objection during the president speech that the security forces have prevented them to speak.
According to Nai’s belief, silencing people’s voice is actually a suppression of freedom of speech. Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar, Nai Managing Director said, based on the Article 34th of the Afghanistan’s Constitution that guaranteed freedom of expression, no one has the right to silence people’s voice and deprive citizens of Afghanistan of this right.
Nai believes that silencing people’s voice is in fact suppressing and silencing of freedom of expression. When such an action takes place in front of the president, this can be considered as a major damage to freedom of expression.
It is worth mentioning that we had already been witnessing similar incidents that people inside and outside Afghanistan were prevented while raising their voice against president’s speech. Nai wants to acknowledge that if the president is committed to freedom of expression, he should respond to the Afghan people in suppressing the voices of objection.