26 April 2014 Kabul, Afghanistan |Word Press Freedom Day was celebrated by the Afghan Ministry of Communication and Information today at the International Press Centre.
Around 150 journalists from all provinces and Kabul city- including senior government representatives and members of the international community - attended the observance of the 2014 World Press Freedom Day.
The event was opened by the Afghan Minister of Information and Culture, Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen, followed by a Report on the situation of media in 2013 presented by Ms. Simin Hassanzada, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture, and a speech by Mr. Paolo Fontani, UNESCO Director and Representative to Afghanistan. Among the speakers, Mr. Abdul Hameed Mobarez, Head of Afghan Journalist’s Union; Abdul Waheed Gharwal, Dean of the Faculty of Journalism, Kabul University, and Mr Hafizullah Barekzai, Director of the Afghanistan Journalists Council.
In his opening remarks, Minister Raheen praised the strides that Afghan media had made during the recent years in raising the standards of professional coverage of news in the country.
Afghan journalists and media proved their talent, dedication and hard work by putting their lives in danger covering the pre and post-election period and the public campaigns of the presidential candidates for informed decision making. Afghan media proved that they are not only providing news and coverage but playing a key role in the development of the country.
The event was concluded with the distribution of certificate of appreciation to journalists who were injured and/or threatened during their professional lives, in recognition of their outstanding dedication and hard work.