Connect with us

Latest News

Journalist bodies call on UNSC to protect media workers in Afghanistan

Published

 on

(Last Updated On: December 12, 2020)
Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC), International Media Support (IMS) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Saturday jointly called on the UN Security Council to take serious actions to reduce violence against journalists in Afghanistan and said they endorse the letter to the UNSC dated November 18 from the Afghan journalists community. 
 
The letter addressed the concerns of journalists and media regarding the growing violence and threats against journalists, and urged the UNSC to take steps to cut down on threats journalists in Afghanistan face. 
 
On Saturday, RSF, the AJSC and IMS said in a joint statement that they also stress that peace talks are unreasonable and untenable unless parties to the war respect fundamental international covenants and human rights, and above all the Geneva Conventions that treat media and journalists as protected civilian entities and individuals that are meant to be immune from military attack. 
 
“Afghan media and journalists do not deserve to become helpless due to the silence of the international institutions and its highest body, the United Nations,” read their statement. 
 
This comes after two journalists and a former TV news anchor were all killed within a month in Afghanistan – the latest being Malalai Maiwand, a female journalist, who was killed in Jalalabad in Nangarhar on Thursday. 
 
RSF stated on it’s website that “press freedom and the expansion of the media landscape is one of the most significant achievements of Afghanistan in the last two decades. Unfortunately, given the country’s political and security challenges, this achievement is extremely vulnerable. 
 
“There are serious concerns that with the escalation of insecurity and conflict, this achievement would perish. Despite Afghan journalists’ courage and dedication to continue their profession, the rise of threats and violence against them is shrinking the environment,” the statement read.
 
Since 2001, at least 100 journalists – 16 of them foreign journalists – have been killed while more than 60 media outlets have been destroyed or attacked, RSF said adding that journalists and media have also been the target of hundreds of threats. “The Taliban and Islamic State are responsible for most of the murders of journalists and attacks on media outlets,” the statement read.
 
Under Afghan law, ensuring the security of journalists and media outlets is a fundamental responsibility of the government. 
 
“Although efforts have been made by the Afghan government, these have not been sufficient in preventing crimes, and prosecuting the perpetrators of violence against journalists,” the statement read. 
 
“The lack of serious and meaningful efforts by governmental institutions to pursue cases of violence against journalists, the complexity of the ongoing war, the government’s fledgling and weak structure and the infliction of a large amount of violence and threats by the opposition armed groups are among the factors that give rise to the need for support of international institutions in fighting the crimes against journalists among many other areas.”
 
The organizations stated that because of this they – the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee, International Media Support and Reporters Without Borders – call on UN Security Council to support the media community in decreasing violence against journalists in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1738 (December 23, 2006) and UN General Assembly Resolution (November 26, 2013) which are the mainstay of defending the journalists’ rights in conflicts and warzones. 
 
The three institutions also stated they believe that violence benefits from the culture of impunity. 

Latest News

MoF finalizes plan to collect Zakat and Usher

Published

on

(Last Updated On: January 16, 2022)

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan said on Sunday a plan outlining the collection process of Usher (Islamic tax on certain harvests) and Zakat (Islamic tax on personal income) has been finalized and will be submitted to the council of ministers soon.

Officials said that after the approval of the plan a special board will be established to collect the Usher and Zakat from Afghan citizens.

“Two things are very important to us; first we want to collect it (Usher and Zakat) via a digital system, and second we want to spend it via a regular system based on Sharia laws,” said Ahmad Wali Haqmal, spokesman for the MoF.

Some clerics meanwhile welcomed the IEA’s plan, saying that Zakat and Usher money should be distributed to people who deserve it.

“When the officials collect Zakat from traders, it should reach deserving people, and the process should be transparent. Second, it should be done in coordination with the Ministry of Commerce and Chamber of Commerce, which registers traders’ properties,” said Amanullah Ahmadi, a cleric.

The move however was met by mixed reactions among the public.

One Kabul resident, Ahmad Wais Akbari said: “People’s financial situation should be understood, employment opportunities should be created, salaries should be paid, in this case, everyone is ready, but the current situation is problematic,” said Akbari.

“We accept this but employment opportunities should be created for people, there is a lot of problems,” said Abdul Ghafar, a resident of Balkh.

“We demand the Islamic Emirate to not collect Usher from poor farmers,” said Naqibullah, a farmer in Takhar.

This comes as many investors fled the country after the mid-August takeover by the IEA and Afghans who stayed behind are dealing with a severe economic crisis.

Continue Reading

Latest News

US seeking revenge for its defeat by imposing sanctions: China envoy

Published

on

(Last Updated On: January 16, 2022)

China’s ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu criticized the United States for seeking revenge on Afghans for its defeat by imposing economic sanctions, and said that the US was using the issues of an inclusive government, human rights, women’s rights and freedom of expression as pretexts in Afghanistan.

In a meeting with Acting Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, on Sunday, the envoy said that China wants to work with Afghans to help them.

During the meeting Wang called on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to ensure that Afghan soil will not be used against any country, the interior ministry said.

Meanwhile, the Afghan interior ministry officials thanked China for its humanitarian assistance and called on China to continue its assistance to the Afghan people during this difficult time.

Continue Reading

Latest News

Five million Afghans fell victim to drugs in the past 20 years: Deputy PM

Published

on

(Last Updated On: January 16, 2022)

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) officials said Sunday that five million Afghans have become addicted to drugs in the past 20 years but that these addicts will be provided with treatment.

Speaking at an event in Kabul on Saturday, Abdul Salam Hanafi, deputy prime minister of Afghanistan said: “We have seen that nothing was done for Afghanistan during the occupation period, however, our youths are addicts and social problems increased.”

Meanwhile, the minister of information and culture of IEA, Khairullah Khairkhwa said that in addition to sanctions, some foreign countries launched propaganda campaigns against the IEA after their defeat.

“Experience has shown that countries which faced sanctions, built their own countries. We will solve the current problems,” said Khairkhwa.

IEA officials also welcomed humanitarian assistance being provided by the international community but reiterated that they would not accept conditions based assistance.

Officials also called on the people to accelerate their efforts to improve the current economic, social and health crisis

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2022 Ariana News. All rights reserved!