Amid mounting threats, Journalists’ Day celebrated in Kabul
Afghanistan Journalists’ Centre (AJC) celebrated March 17 as the National Journalists’ Day on Sunday. Executive Director of AJC Ahmad Quraishi said the outgoing year was full of challenges for journalists, as insecurity escalated and the economic situation worsened.
He added pressures on journalists had significantly decreased in 1395, compared to the previous year. Threats to media workers had also hit the highest level, he alleged.
Threats posed by Taliban militants to a number of media outlets were clear this outgoing year and even workers of one news organisation came under direct attack from rebels, he explained.
Quraishi said AJC had registered 95 cases of violence against journalists in 1395. He added seven journalists were killed and eight others wounded this year.
One case of detention, 40 physical assaults, five armed attacks and 32 incidents of threats were recorded against journalists, he added.
He added 58 percent of violence against journalists was committed by the government, including police forces and intelligence agents.
Nineteen percent of the cases involved unidentified men, 12 percent powerful individuals and 11 percent Taliban militants. Among those who lost their lives, six were killed by Taliban.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah, who also participated in the Journalists’ Day function, said cases of violence against journalists must be addressed and the tradition of impunity eliminated.
At the end of the celebration, Hasht-i-Subh Newspaper worjer Mukhtar Wafayee was given away the Journalist of the Year Award. Fayyaz Omari, a Pajhwok photographer, was among nine recipients of appreciation letters.
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