05.05.2003 -

Afghanistan Celebrates World Press Freedom Day

Three round-table discussions were held in Kabul to mark World Press Freedom Day, on 3rd May. The meetings were hosted by the AINA Media and Cultural Centre - a UNESCO supported training institute - in collaboration with the Kabul Press Club, Reporters sans Frontieres, Media Action International and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting.

The round-tables looked specifically at press freedom issues and attracted many participants.


Sultan Baheen, formerly Director of Afghanistan's national news agency, Bakhtar, and now an information specialist with the UN's Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA), chaired the first roundtable on Building nationwide media in Afghanistan. The second discussion, on Ethics and Self-regulation was chaired by Shirazuddin Siddiqi of the BBC. The final session dealt with press law and constitutional issues.


This year, UNESCO has funded the travel expenses of Afghanistan's Deputy Information Minister, M. Mubarez, to travel to Kingston, Jamaica to attend the global UNESCO World Press Freedom Day activity.

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