CPJ voices concern over threats to Afghan journalists
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): As the security situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, journalists have long been under threat, a media protection watchdog said on Monday.
The Afghan government must join media owners and journalists' organisations to find an effective method of reversing the hostile environment, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said.
A statement from CPJ condemned the shooting of senior broadcast journalist Mohammad Zubair Khaksar and the beating of freelance reporter Yahya Jawahari.
Coming after a suicide attack on employees of a private TV channel, the incidents had further fuelled concerns for the safety of Afghan journalists, the watchdog said.
"Afghan journalists have long been under the gun, but the pressure on them is mounting as the security situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's Asia program coordinator.
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