Afghan Media


 Media Law in Afghanistan

After the fall of the Taliban’s regime, the first law was adapted in March 2002. However, due to ambiguity in the law, it has been revised and adapted four times, and is now under revision again. In only eight years since the establishment of the interim government, a total of four Media Laws have been approved (March 2002, April 2004, June 2006 and August 2008 by the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament)).

There are still confusions among outlet managers and journalists whether the current version had in fact been officially published or not. The Altai Consulting stated in a recent report that a Media Law Reviewing Committee, including, among others, the Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA), the Afghan National Journalists Union (ANJU), the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC), the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has been formed and has met  regularly since June 2010 to prepare another version of this piece of legislation, which was supposed to be submitted to Parliament after the September 2010 parliamentary elections. It has not yet been clear whether the law is submitted to the parliament or not.

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