‘Van attack to change media’s relations with Taliban’
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Federation of Journalists on Thursday declared yesterday as “Black Wednesday” due to a suicide attack that killed seven media persons and injured dozens more, saying the attack would change media’s relations with the Taliban.
A minibus carrying employees of TOLO News of Moby Media Group was struck by a suicide bomber on Wednesday evening at the Allauddin intersection on Darul Aman road in the limits of third police district in Kabul.
The federation of journalists strongly denounced the attack in a statement read out by Siddiqullah Tawhidi, NAI chief. The journalist body named the day of the attack as “a black Wednesday” in the history of media in Afghanistan.
By attacking media personnel, Taliban terrorists provided they had no value for human life and a free media. The statement said the barbaric attack would change media’s stance towards terrorist groups and would change policies of media outlets on coverage to news relating to terrorist groups.
The federation also asked owners of media outlets in Afghanistan to evolve specific policies for privileges to journalists losing lives and sustaining injuries in line of duty in accordance with the private media regulatory law.
“We once again ask the government to terminate security officials who did negligence in preventing the attack,” the federation said.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah strongly denounced the attack and directed the officials concerned to assist the victims of the incident.
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