In the session held on 19th October 2019, MPS discussed ways to assist affected families of the attack which took place in Haska Meena District of Nangarhar, in which more than 70 people were martyred while they were offering Friday prayers.
The session also criticized the performances of the government and security forces and discussed how to respond to such actions by the Parliament.
During the discussion one of the MPS pointed out media and told to restrict those media outlets which satirize performances of parliament.
The MPS determined one of the satirical shows on a private television and said: “You saw the show, how they sneered parliamentarians, you saw that they called parliament as “Choorlaman” which means house of looters.”
Certainly the Parliament member meant the Satirical-Entertaining Show of a private TV, which is a prominent and high profile show among the satirical shows in the country.
The point which is important is that the satire may not be insolent and it doesn’t carry any legal or professional trouble according to principle of journalism and is used for the purpose of development and change. Furthermore, for presenting satire, words are intended to be presented in a way that attracts the audience and moreover avoid saying the original words.
Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan believes that such an approach by the parliamentarians could hinder freedom of speech and is considered violation of law.
The MPS have certainly been aware that in media satire the aim is not to mock but to humor what is ironic about it.
Nai asks the Afghan Parliament to differentiate either a media outlet has mocked or satirized an entity and also asks the Parliament Administrative to explain how they could keep quiet when one of the parliament members speaks against media in violation of the law and they ignored the threat and insult made by the MP.
According to the Afghan Constitutional Law, freedom of speech is inviolable. Furthermore, the Afghan Media Law recognizes satire and presenting it and the Afghan media treats satire and legitimate satire based on these two national documents. They know the use of this privilege and the legal right.