MFA bans employees of making comments on political issues
In an official letter issued on Monday, October 28, the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has prohibited all permanent and
sub-contracted employees of the foreign ministry of making political and
security related comments on social media.
In a letter issued by the MFA’s political deputy, Idress
Zaman, the ministry has ordered all its employees and Afghan embassies in
abroad not comment on security and political issues.
Any employee who makes political comments will be punished,
the letter read.
Reacting against the letter, NAI, an organization supporting
open media in Afghanistan, described it against freedom of speech in the
“This order is in contradiction to the article 34 of Constitution
that guarantee the freedom of speech,” part of NAI’s statement, issued on
Tuesday, October 29, read.
Executive director of the media watchdog, Abdul Mujib
Khalwatgar, regarded to the move as an attempt to restrict the freedom of
expression, notifying that every institution needs to make its policies in line
with the country’s endorsed laws.
NAI further asked the MFA to provide clarifications on why
the ministry violated the laws.
The ministry has recently come under attention as the
differences between president Ghani and former minister, Sallahuddin Rabbani,
who resigned few days ago, suffered.
President Ghani separately met with deputy ministers of the
MFA, including Idrees Zaman, on Monday night, October 28.
According to the presidential palace, the deputy ministers
offered their plans for bringing reforms in the ministry and briefed Ghani in