Press Freedom Day marked in Herat and Kandahar

Herat/Kandahar, May 5, 2011

The World Press Freedom was celebrated in Kandahar and Herat provinces with small awards to the most competent and brave local journalists.

Speakers in the ceremony assessed the current conditions of media in Afghanistan and pointed its importance in leading the Afghan society to prosperity.

Mir Ghulam Usman Husaini, dean of Herat University, said in the gathering of journalists in Herat that media’s role in social and political maturity of the society was vital.

Faisal Karimi, a professor at Herat University’s Journalism Department, elucidated the current Afghan media law and shed particular light on the section dealing with media breaches.

He said ignormace of most of journalists about the media law had been the main reason that they violate the law sometimes.

In Kandahar, Fazl Rahman, head of the Kandahar Press Club, said journalists in the south were facing increasing threats in doing their job.

He said local journalists had dealt with the precarious situation and threats facing them with much tolerance.

At the end of the ceremony, some local journalists were awarded appreciation letters and prizes for their good performance and bravery.

Bashir Ahmad Naadim of Pajhwok Afghan News, Sediqullah Khaleeq of Hewad TV, Rahmatullah Momin from Tolo Afghan Daily and Samira hela from Azad Afghan Radio were awarded for their good performance.