First ever two-day media exhibition in Kabul witnesses tremendous rush of visitors

The first ever two-day media exhibition in Kabul witnessed tremendous rush of visitors from all walks of life.
 
The exhibition kicked off on Sunday with participation from a number of Afghanistan-based media organizations.
 
Organized by the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) in collaboration with Afghanistan Expo Centre, the main purpose of the exhibition was to appreciate the positive work done by Afghan media and strengthen coordination between various media outlets.
 
The exhibition was inaugurated by Abdul Bari Jahani, the Minister of Information and Culture, at the Afghanistan Expo Center in Shahr-e-Naw, Kabul.
 
More than 100 booths were set up at the exhibition and thousands of people visited the exhibition on Sunday and Monday.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony on Sunday, Mr. Jahani commended the role played by media and said the media should help the government overcome various challenges

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony on Sunday, Mr. Jahani commended the role played by media and said the media should help the government overcome various challenges.
 
He said the media can play instrumental role in unmasking people who are hell-bent on dividing and destroying the country and promote unity and brotherhood among the people of Afghanistan.
 
“Media in Afghanistan has made tremendous progress over the years,” said Mr. Jahani. “The Ministry of Information and Culture will continue to support local media organizations.”
 
Fazl Hadi Muslimyar, the chairman of Meshrano Jirga, was also present on the occasion.
 
He urged Afghan media organizations to promote peace and support Afghan security forces in their fight against anti-national elements.
 
He seconded Mr. Jahani that media should protect national interest, promote national unity and help in unmasking divisive and trouble-mongering forces.
 
Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, the newly-appointed chief of Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), said the freedom of speech and growth of media outlets is one of the achievements of Afghan government over the past one decade.

Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, the chief of AISA, said the freedom of speech and growth of media outlets is one of the achievements of Afghan government over the past one decade

He urged the media organizations to focus more on positive news highlighting development activities rather than solely focusing on war and conflict.
 
“Negative news discourages investors and that results in capital flight from the country. Poverty is one of the main factors behind insecurity so media should focus on development activities to help people overcome poverty,” he said.
 
Over the years, many journalists have suffered casualties in various incidents of violence across the country. But, despite ominous threats and heavy odds, they have upheld the highest ideals of journalism under extremely trying conditions.
 
Security continues to be the biggest challenge for journalists as they face threats from armed rebels, power lords and criminals.
 
According to Nai – supporting open media in Afghanistan, 2014 was the deadliest year for journalists in Afghanistan.

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