Balkh gathering confers on journalists’ security
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Security officials in northern Balkh province on Sunday said it was their duty to provide security to media organizations and journalists.
Journalists associated with various unions in the north and security officials held a joint gathering in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital.
The reporters presented some proposals about their security to security officials who welcomed the suggestions.
NAI office head in Balkh Noor Agha Sharifi told the gathering that the year 2015 was full of problems for journalists across the country.
He said 95 incidents of violence against journalists were reported, including 27 incidents in the north, in 2015.
He said 40 incidents of violence against journalists were linked to Taliban, 32 to security forces and 22 to unknown gunmen and one to NATO forces. Sharifi supported a latest presidential decree calling for providing security to journalists.
Arzo TV head in Balkh Najib Pikan said security forces should reach out to journalists when in trouble without any delay. He said offices and residences of journalists should be known to security forces in order they could provide security to them.
Journalists association in the north deputy head, Zabihullah Ihsas, stressed the need for further enhanced coordination between security forces and journalists. He said similar gatherings should be regularly called in order to share possible threats.
Balkh police chief Brig. Gen. Syed Kamal Sadat, welcoming suggestions of the journalists, told the gathering that police were servants of the masses and it was their prime duty to protect journalists and intensify their efforts in this regard.
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