Dozens of users have been identified on social media working in the interest of terrorists in Afghanistan
Hussein Fazel Sancharaki Deputy Minister of intelligence and Culture of Afghanistan, in a dedicated interview with the Afghanistan Journal, made an announcement on the identification of people working on social media for the benefit of terrorists and opponents of the government.
Sancharaki says: The Ministry of Intelligence and Culture has been able to identify users who are working for the benefit of terrorist network through social media, stating that, “now we have identify more than 100 terrorist funds on social network.
Sancaraki added: these people in Afghanistan, for the interests of terrorists, insurgents and in favor of foreign sponsored terrorist, are rallying large numbers of social network.
The deputy director of the Ministry of Intelligence and Culture said to the journalists of Afghanistan Journal, that measures had been taken to stop their ads (propaganda) that are targeted towards the benefit of terrorist groups.
However, Mr. Sencharaki didn’t comment on if they are to be arrested or not, but insisted that the Ministry of Intelligence and culture, in coordination with the Ministry of Communication and Technology, has blocked accounts of users that supports terrorists.
He also added that in collaboration with the Trade Union of Journalists, Media Institutions and the Ministry of Telecommunication, are drafting laws on Social media.
Mr. sencharaki position that: we want to prepare a regulation on how to use Social medias, also to determine the extent of using Social media.
How do terrorists get into power in Afghanistan? (How can terrorists grow in Afghanistan?
It is widely acknowledged that terrorists are announcing their presence through different media platform, through social media and social networks.
National security Director “MasumStankezi on the 1st of March at a ceremony celebrating the National Security forces Day said: research has shown that terrorists are mostly used to the virtual world and social media.
Terrorists however make use of social media to find their own target. According to some reports, terrorists in Afghanistan also go through academic center, attract new members, stir up the feelings of the youth and distract people’s beliefs for their terrorist intentions.
Terrorist groups in Afghanistan, including ISIS, as was its presence in Iraq and Syria, have the soft power, media and cultural backing. This soft power allows terrorists to facilitate and expedite their engagement with promotional stories.
That’s why the presence and influence of ISIS in Afghanistan should be completely eliminated, and the main cylinders of human and weapons capabilities of this group would be crushed.
Most importantly, as much as terrorists and SISI are willing to invest on the use of the Internet, Social network, radio, university, school, etc…, the government must also have regular, accurate and trained persons to present the essence, nature and objectives of the terrorists.
Assessing the quality of Media in Afghanistan
Fazel Sancharakiin in his response to the questions by the journalist of Afghanistan Journal on “How you assessed the quality of the media work in Afghanistan?” stated that, the media is one of the remarkable achievements of the new Afghan political system, which has grown dramatically in recent years, but seems not to be lacking in its efficiencies due to its youthfulness.
He said that today, about 3200 media, audio, online and print media are operating in the country, they divided the media into several categories: state, private, party, regulative and commercial.
According to the official, among media outlets in Afghanistan, it’s stated that the media that have pure media reputation and are solely for the purpose of information. And, are few, so what is being broadcasted in the media today is often professionals not documentaries and standards, he regrets that even some media are looking for ethnic and religious differences.
What is the solution?
The Ministry of intelligence and culture of the country says, it is attempting to publish media policy by as soon as possible.
Sancharaki told Journalists of Afghanistan Journal, that, “that they will make laws that will create a broadcasting pathway which will be made known under the framework of the media law.
According to him, the Ministry of Intelligence and Culture decides to deal with media offenders with journalists’ in the federation, the media watch, the Trade Union and the media outlets.
Sancharaki, admitted that he disregarded dealing with media offenders, and emphasized that some media outlets are beyond our borders, we have taken note of them and they must be made accountable in line with the Media Violation Commission.
The challenge of fines, taxes and renewal of media permits
Until mid-year, media permits, media fines and non-payment by those media responsible are one of the most important challenges faced by libertarian advocates.
According to Mr. Sancharaki some media have not paid for the eight fiscal year. The "NI" office stated that the government imposed a fine of around 180 million AFN on the media. Meanwhile, Ashraf Ghani have approved a three-point rule in order to strengthen and support the media, in accordance with this, the print media, audio, broadcasting agencies and news agencies were exempted from paying previous tax fines and tax installments.
This command by Ashraf Ghani was issued in September this year (2017), although welcomed by educators and the media, but in the opinion of many, the media should put a stop to the challenges of registration and licensing that still exists.
Mr. Sancharaki the Deputy Minister of Intelligence and Culture has approved the registration and approval of licensing of the media which has being a very complex part of cooperation with the Commission and civil society.
He said the media was used to 72 step, but the new plan requires only 5. One of these initiatives is the Internet Registries (online).
The Deputy Minister of Intelligence and Culture on the Licensing of the Media said: What is related to the Ministry of Intelligence and Culture will without any controversy, in accordance with the law, in which part of the work is extended to the Ministry of Finance and the National Directorate of Security, which I hope the two institutions will continue to cooperate in relation to the quick extension of the media license.
Long and uncertain process on media license
Many journalists believe the long and vague process of extending the media license has led many not to seek for it at all.
Currently, many media outlets although had been licensed, but have expired and need to be renewed.
One of the Afghan print media, who claim anonymity, told Afghanistan journal: They are not seeking for license extension because its process is very vague and long.
He says he has tried several times to extend the license of his media outlet, but couldn’t despite one to two months of his time spent in this process.
According to him, the maximum time to extend license is should be extinguished by the Ministry of Finance, which is why many media outlets has being refusing to renew their license.