Any restrictions on media access to the National Assembly, unless violets Parliament interior regulations is an illegal effort.
Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan considers creating of a place by the name of “Media Pool” in representative house that prevents the physical presence of journalists inside the courtyard of the General Assembly meetings illegal. Nai requests form the Administrative body parliament to remove this barrier.
Nai believes that “Media Pool” is in clear violation of Article 4 of the Mass Media Law which says: “Every person has the right to freedom of thought and speech, which includes the right to seek, obtain and disseminate information and views within the limit of law without any interference or restriction by the government or officials. The right also includes free activity of means of publication, distribution, and reception of information.”
It should be mentioned that this practice is considered as obvious censorship by the Afghanistan’s Parliament. For instance, this censorship took place on August 4th, 2012 when Defense and Interior ministers were impeached to the Parliament and when verbal argument among representatives began. Media reporters’ access to the general assembly through Media Pool was cut and the reporters could not record the process of this argument and to publish/broadcast its results.