Journalists’ Day celebrated in Balkh

Bawar Media CenterMarch 16, 202185

March 16, National Journalists’ Day was celebrated in Balkh by Department of Information and Culture and Balkh Governor House by appreciating journalists.
“Some journalists have quit their jobs because of low salaries,” said Ghulam Farooq Khpalwak, Deputy Governor of Balkh. “Journalists should be paid more and at the same time, attention should be paid to their pensions.”
Mobina Saei, the head of Nai in the north, says that three years ago, Balkh local government named an intersection in the city of Mazar-e Sharif after journalists, but its construction has not been completed yet and it has changed into an addicts’ staying place. It is unclear what the project will be handed over to use, she added.
A number of journalists in Balkh state that practical and permanent work should be done for them on this day and their problems should be addressed. Their day is being celebrated while they are facing many challenges and cases of their counterparts who lost their lives or were abused, have not been followed up, according to these journalists.
They criticize the Afghan government, saying that reporters are still not given access to information by most of the government departments.
Journalists’ Day is being commemorated at a time that Afghanistan is considered the most dangerous country for journalism. On the top of that, targeted assassinations of reporters have increased, and a number of journalists have recently resigned.
Reporter: Mahnaz Mowzon

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