Attack on TOLO TV Staffers Is Attack On Constitution: Ghani

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Friday, 22 January 2016 19:04 Last Updated on Saturday, 23 January 2016 09:27 Written by Shakeela Ibrahimkhil

President Ashraf Ghani termed the attack on TOLO TV staff members as an attack on Afghanistan's constitution and national values.

"This cowardly attack was not just on journalists, but on our constitution and exalted values. Freedom of expression is a value enshrined in Afghanistan's constitution. It is non-negotiable," Ghani said.

He added those who stand against these values and Afghanistan's constitution will be isolated.

The president termed the attack as a cowardly act and said that those killed in the attack were martyrs of freedom. "They, like martyrs of Afghan police and army, are martyrs of freedom," he added.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Information and Culture, Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi, stressed that the incident should be thoroughly investigated.

"All freedoms without freedom of expression are meaningless," she said.

Nai - a non-government agency supporting open media in Afghanistan threatened that challenges before freedom of speech will undermine the 14-year presence of the international community and the United Nation in Afghanistan.

Mujib Khelwatgar, Head of the Nai, claimed that elements inside the government are trying to hinder freedom of expression.

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Source : tolonews[dot]com
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