A meeting between Taliban and government is scheduled to take place in Istanbul soon, to end the 40-years conflict and war in Afghanistan.
The meeting is following Doha first and second round negotiations between Taliban and Afghanistan government. The Doha process in turn, began after Taliban and the US reached to an agreement. Mr. Zalmai Khalilzad, US foreign ministry’s representative to Afghanistan peace, accredited with initiating the US- Taliban agreement and which resulted intra Afghan negotiation. The Istanbul meeting is also considered one of Mr. Khalilzad’s plans.
Nai, supporting open media in Afghanistan, as one of the lead in the field of media litigation considered its duty to defend freedom of expression and the media at every political and national stage of Afghanistan. Nai officially asks Mr. Khalilzad to define the freedom of expression and the achievement of Afghan media as a red line at the Istanbul conference, and to urge the two sides to respect it. The Afghanistan media community is concerned about the fate of freedom of expression and the media. So, that these value can be ignored or compromised at the Istanbul peace talks. Nai believes that freedom of expression and media are among the fundamental rights of Afghanistan citizens, which confirm the Afghanistan constitution. Freedom of expression, access to information and free media activity should be respected in Istanbul peace talks, and this value should be the red line of Afghanistan citizen and Afghanistan media community.
Nai also called on the two sides in the peace talks, including Afghanistan government and Taliban to respect the legitimate demand of Afghan people and the media community, and not to allow the 19 years achievements of the Afghanistan media community to be harmed.