Freedom of press and the transparent coverage of events by media personnel is one of the most important rights to which all people are entitled to. The significant growth of an independent media sector in Afghanistan is one of the biggest achievements over the past twelve years.
Improvements in the richness and quality of independent media outlets have been significant. The emergence of a new generation of energetic, talented and influential journalists have had a positive impact in society, benefiting vibrant discussions on various issues, helping to strengthen solidarity among people, and enhancing public awareness of challenges facing the country.
The National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA) is seriously concerned about increased acts of intimidations, such as physical and verbal abuse of reporters. While in the past, acts of violence against journalists and reporters were mainly committed by extremist and terrorist groups, recent acts of intimidation and abuse of journalists were committed by individuals who are affiliated with the government.
The National Coalition condemns, and calls for the immediate end to such acts, which violate the fundamental rights of media personnel. The NCA also calls on social institutions, media activists, and political figures, parties and alliances to help prevent violation of the rights of journalists, and to preserve the people’s right to access independent and impartial media coverage.
The NCA assures all relevant media agencies, reporters, freelance journalists, photographers and media organizations that it will stand in strong support of an independent media whose freedom of expression, is fully respected and promoted.
August 5, 2013- Kabul, Afghanistan