The Mass Media Commission on Tuesday welcomed President Ashraf Ghani's move to approve the law on mass media, saying that it has made clear the formation and structure for creation and activities of media organizations in Afghanistan.
According to officials, the law has four chapters and 41 articles. "The law has two parts: First the process of establishment and activity of mass media, and second all the rights and privileges of reporters or journalists," said Khpolwak Sapai, chairman of the Mass Media Commission. A number of journalists meanwhile welcomed the move by the president and called for its implementation. "I welcome the approval of the law by the President [Ashraf Ghani]. Journalists have been the most affected of all over the past few years," said Sayed Elyas Ahmadi, a journalist. "It is a good thing but the law should not just be on paper; it should be implemented," said Hameed Gul, another journalist. The Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) meanwhile said it is committed to implementing the law in collaboration with the commission. "The law has specified basic parts of media activities. We are committed to implementing the law with the help of the Mass Media Commission," said MoIC spokesman Harun Hakimi. The law is approved at a time that journalists often complain about the lack of a clear structure for their rights and privileges.