Hebatullah’s decree sparks concerns

KABUL (SW) – The recent decree of the top Islamic Emirate leader has sparked concerns among the residents across the country.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, on Thursday published an order by Hebatullah Akhundzadeh, the leader of the Islamic Emirate, on Twitter, according to which criticism of the Islamic Emirate’s performance will be punished.

In the new order of Hebatullah Akhundzadeh, it is stated that “unfounded accusations against the officials and criticism far from their reality are not permissible in Sharia.”

Meanwhile, a number of citizens of the country told Salam Watandar that the Islamic Emirate forbidding them from criticizing is a “clear oppression”. They added that criticizing the performance of the government does not mean enmity with the government.

Abdul Rahman, a citizen, said in this regard that there is no doubt that healthy criticism has its place and leads to reform. “But, this is actually injustice for the government or statesmen of the Islamic Emirate to say that you have no right to criticize.”

On the other hand, Seyed Yasin Metin, the head of the journalists union, told Salam Watandar that the government must be open to criticism. “Criticism leads to reforms and the progress of society depends on these reforms”.

Masroor Lutfi, a member of the Federation of Afghan Journalists, said in this regard that in order to prevent the Islamic Emirate from creating restrictions on freedom of expression, legal rules and regulations should be established and approved.

According to him, the Islamic Emirate should activate the Access to Information Law, the Public Media Law, and the Media Violation Commission to identify constructive and unhealthy criticisms of the media.

We wanted to have more details about this report from the deputy spokespersons of the Islamic Emirate,but we failed to get a response despite repeated calls.