Audio journalists criticize government’s double standards on World Radio Day celebration

Bawar Media CenterFebruary 13, 2021112

Balkh’s Department of Information and Culture celebrated 13th February, World Radio Day in presence of local authorities, media officials and journalists.
Mati-ur Rahman Karimi, head of culture department in Balkh, says that radio has a special place and can be easily accessed in the villages, and that radio helps raise the voice of deprived and marginalized groups.
He added that 18 radio stations are currently operating in Balkh province.
Meanwhile, reporters from a number of radio stations in Balkh highlighted the role of audio networks in providing information to the public, but seemed dissatisfied with double standards of government departments in providing information.
Mohammad Bashir Ansari, head of Afghan Journalists Safety Committee in north, described the security situation as “worrying” and stated that violence against reporters was on the rise in Afghanistan, adding that a media official in Balkh and a journalist in Faryab had been attacked a few days ago.
He called on the government to investigate the murders of journalists as soon as possible and share the results with Afghan media and the public.
On the other hand, Ghulam Farooq Khpalwak, deputy governor of Balkh, articulated that together with security organs in the province, they are trying to find a better way to secure journalists.
Radio started operating in Afghanistan nearly a century ago. It is believed that at the time, Afghanistan was the first country in the region to own a radio station.
Reporter: Mahnaz Mowzon

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