21st November coincides with the International Television Day which is celebrated in many countries. However, all media but in specific televisions are suffering a large number of troubles in Afghanistan.
According to Nai, among the media correspondents, those who appear on screen are more likely vulnerable and under threat.
Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar, Nai Managing Director said: “Unfortunately, media correspondents, in specific televisions are more unsafe and under threat than other staffs. Those who appear as journalists or media activists on the televisions for sharing their views are threatened and even killed either by the government’s opponent groups or unknown armed men.”
Consequently, female journalists can’t work on televisions in most of the provinces due to security challenges.
Working women in TVs not only complain about security issues but also the inhumane behavior in the society.
Moreover, most of local TV stations suffer financial troubles, entities that ask TVs for publicizing their commercial ads don’t pay timely and it has caused them not to pay their employees at the specific time.
In addition to these all, lack of access to information is also considered as one of the major barriers for journalists in media.
What is defined as intra-organizational challenge, in addition to the aforementioned challenges which pressurize TV employees is the contractual issues of some televisions which are made in accordance with the self-desire and preference of media managers and it is completely unilateral and contrary to the current laws in the country.
Nai asks the relevant governmental entities to at least initiate the institutionalization of women’s work in media. And it is government’s obligation to implement the current laws of the country.
It should be noted that in 1996, the UN General Assembly designated November 21st as the “International Television Day” and the aim was to encourage countries to exchange television programs, specific programs at promoting peace, social and economical development and strengthening the cultural issues of society.
Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan asks the relevant entities to prevent the increment of televisions’ challenges in Afghanistan by acting in accordance with law. On the basis of law, the government should ensure media security and facilitate access to information. Along with being accountable to media, governmental entities should also make media owners and managers accountable for their responsibilities to media correspondents based on the legal instructions and procedures.