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Surge in violence on journalists concerns EU

Surge in violence on journalists concerns EU

Sep 01, 2014 - 15:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) expressed grave concern by the high increase in violence against journalists and freedom of the press in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

In a statement, the EU special representative and head of delegation to Afghanistan Franz-Michael Mellbin said: "Freedom of expression is a fundamental freedom in a democratic societyinfo-icon and it must be respected and supported by all parties.”

The government of Afghanistan, Mellbin said must seriously follow up the cases of violence against journalists, especially the murder cases.

According to Afghan Journalist Safety Committees six month report of 2014 (January to

June), the level of violence against journalists has increased by 60 % in comparison to the same period of 2013, most of which reportedly is committed by government officials.

The EU reiterated that free, diverse and independent media constitutes one of the cornerstones of a democratic society by facilitating the free flow of information and ideas and by ensuring transparency and accountability.

"A free press has been one of the major achievements in Afghanistan the past decade. This must not be lost. It is the responsibility of the Afghan government to take serious steps to ensure the safety of journalists". Mellbin added.

Protecting and promoting Human rights is a top priority of the EU in Afghanistan. The EU is firmly opposed to any restrictions on freedom of expression and call upon the government of Afghanistan to ensure the safety of journalists.


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