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Afghanistan gets new media law

08-03-2006 (Kabul)
Afghanistan gets new media law
Kabul weekly (printing house)
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Afghanistan’s new law on mass media was launched last week in Kabul by the Minister of Information Culture and Tourism, Said Makhtoum Raheen.
The law reforms Afghanistan’s existing press law which came into effect in March 2004 and replaced the Afghan press law of 1943.

"The new press law guarantees freedom of expression and is unprecedented not only in Afghanistan, but also is also unique in the regional," said HE Raheen, speaking at the launch ceremony.

Journalists and independent writers have welcomed the endorsement of a new Afghan media law believing that it reduces curbs on press freedom.

“Afghanistan requires a comprehensive and progressive press law that could ensure and promote democracy and freedom of speech for all Afghans,’ said the Minister, adding that the changes made to the law did exactly that.

During the brief ceremony Minister Raheen presented member of the Afghan Independent Media Commission with letters of appreciation for their efforts to make Afghanistan’s mass media law to “compatible with the international instruments that protect freedom of expression.”

"The new media law is a positive development that takes positive steps to promote press pluralism in Afghanistan,” said UNESCO Communication Consultant Daoud Wahab who represented UNESCO on the Afghan Independent Media Commission.
Afghanistan gets new media law UNESCO's Daoud Wahab receives a certificate from Afghanistan’s Minister
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