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No print facility sends Ghor media outlets packing


No print facility sends Ghor media outlets packing

Feb 22, 2018 - 17:41


FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Many print media outlets have been closed down in western Ghor province due to the absence of printing houses, rendering writers unable to print their articles.

According to media professionals, print media outlets previously functional in the province would publish their layouts materials in neighbouring Herat province, but was expensive and time consuming option.

Fazal Haq Faeq, head of Ferozkoh Art Organization, told Pajhwok Afghan News media outlets and individuals were unable to print their newspapers or books due to the lack of printing facilities.

He said print media’s role remained vital in capacity-building and spread of awareness among people and demanded of the government to set up a printing facility in Ferozkoh so the private sector could be encouraged and more print facilities generated.

Yar Mohammad Yawar, in charge of the Monthly Hes Magazine, said he printed his magazine in Kabul because of non-availability of print facility in Ghor.

He said printing the magazine from Kabul was time-consuming and expensive. Yawar said the above mentioned problems resulted in closure of several print media outlets in Ghor and said establishment of a printing hall was direly needed.

Meanwhile, Governor spokesman Abdul Hai Khateb, who monitors media activities as well, said economic problems of Ghor people did not allow them to open a single printing hall.

He said the Ministry of Information and Cultural Affairs had been convoyed the message about the need of a printing hall in Ghor but no attention was paid.

Fakhruddin Arypur, information and cultural department director, said non availability of printing facilities were main obstacle in the way of print media development.

He, however, said the Ministry of Information and Cultural Affairs was trying to establish a printing facility in cooperation with the private sector in Ghor.

As many as 30 print media outlets had been established by the Ghor youth over the years, but no one survived and recently closed down.