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Afghan media outlet to the government: Exempt media license tax

The Afghan Media Organization announced its presence in Kabul in the presence of a group of heads, media managers and journalists.

“Afghanistan’s media organization was established not to compete but to strengthen freedom of expression and the struggle for journalists’ rights,” said Abuzar Sarem Sarpoli, the organization’s director, criticizing the 20-year operation of institutions that support journalists.

Mr. Sarem called on the leadership of the Ministry of Information and Culture to work in collusion with the Ministry of Labor to legalize the work of private media employees in accordance with the Labor Law.

Meanwhile, Sayed Taha Fazl, Chairman of the Publications Committee of the Afghan Media Institute, called the role of the media in enlightening information important and said that all sections of society should believe in the unlimited power of the media and ignore the role of the media in monitoring socio-political affairs. Do not take it. “Given the poor economic situation of media owners and journalists, the Afghan media institution calls on the current government to exempt the media license tax, especially the news agency license tax,” Mr. Fazl said in a speech to the government. .

The agency is announcing that journalists are in a critical situation.

“We oppose the multiplicity of media-supporting institutions in the country, but it is hoped that the Afghan media will be able to support the authority of journalists in Afghanistan,” said Hojjatullah Mujaddidi, chairman of the Council of Free Journalists, Afghanistan, who addressed the assembly.

Meanwhile, Abdul Khalil Rahimi, Director of Publications of the Ministry of Information and Culture, expressed optimism about the existence of this institution, saying: “The Ministry of Information and Culture is ready to have a fruitful dialogue on the challenges facing journalists in cooperation with the Afghan media institution.” .

Mr. Rahimi added that the Ministry of Information and Culture will discuss the Afghan media institution’s request for a tax exemption from media licenses with the relevant institutions.

Following the recent upheaval in Afghanistan, a number of pro-journalist organizations withdrew from Afghanistan, a move that drew sharp criticism from journalists.

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