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Ghazni officials promise timely info to journalists

Ghazni officials promise timely info to journalists

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May 04, 2017 - 18:28

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Journalists in southern Ghazni province on Thursday complained local officials did not share information with them on time, leaving them in the lurch.

However, local officials, who joined the journalists at an even marking Press Freedom Day in Ghazni City, assured of timely information to journalists in future.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Asadullah Jalalazai, a reporter with BBC, said the Ghazni governor had been without an active spokesman and other officials also did not share information as journalists expected.

“Whenever we call an official, he or she gives the telephone to someone else or tell us to call later,” he said.

He said such behavior created problem for journalists in compiling their reports in a timely manner.

Jalalzai said journalists in Ghazni were not safe and were threatened by different people. Their situation was worse in Ghazni compared to other provinces, he added.

Rahmatullah Marjankhel, another journalist, said there were a lot of problems in Ghazni and that was why officials shied away from facing reporters.

He criticized the provincial officials over only sharing information that was in their interest.

A number of other journalists who attended the event made similar complaints.

Governor Abdul Karim Matin, who also participated the meeting, said he would soon appoint an active spokesman.

“Some issues should not be shared with the media, but we will trying to share needed information with journalists in future,” he said.

Provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel, said he himself ignored directives from the central government not to share information with journalists.

“Not only me, but all security forces are in service of journalists and they can share information,” he said.

The officials at the end of the meeting through a letter assured journalists would be shared needed information.

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