Attacks on media outlets in embattled city condemned
Reporters Without Borders blasted the insurgent movement for targeting news media, including Roshani Radio and TV, an independent broadcaster. The group also lamenting the torching and destruction of equipment.
Roshani Radio and TV, founded by Sadiqa Sherzai, normally broadcasts 20 hours a day and provides coverage of women’s issues. Nine of its 12 staffers are women.
Reporters Without Borders said it was worried about the media situation in Kunduz and about the fate of several journalists, of whom there has been no news since Tuesday morning.
Around 100 journalists work in the province, which has at least five radio stations, three TV stations and five newspapers, including two dailies. The armed forces were unable to protect journalists and media outlets.
Reza Moini, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Afghanistan desk, said: “We remind all parties to the conflict – both state and non-state actors – of their obligation to protect journalists.”
In a statement, he said: “International law – including the Geneva Conventions and their additional protocols – forbids deliberate attacks by state or non-state actors against media outlets, journalists and other civilians. Attacks on civilian targets constitute war crimes.”
Afghan Independent Journalists Association head Rahimullah Samandar told the media watchdog: “Some of the journalists were forced to flee by their own means to Kunduz airport, to which the government troops had retreated. All of the media have stopped working.”
Afghan Independent Journalists Association and Afghanistan National Journalists Union, have also condemned the attacks in Kunduz and have appealed for assistance for Roshani Radio and TV.
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