EU, Sweden’s embassy host event on journalist security
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Embassy of Sweden and the EU Delegation have underlined the need for the protection of journalists, saying attacks on them constitute a clear violation of international law.
Sweden’s Ambassador Anders SjöbergandChargé d’affaires Stefan Hubercondemned attacks on representatives of media and freedom of expression as indefensible.
They made the remarks at a Conference on Journalist Security and Freedom of Expression, arranged by the Embassy of Sweden and the EU Delegation in Kabul on March15.
Seventy-five participants, most of them Afghan journalists from across the country, engaged in the discussions. The event became a strong manifestation in defence of the freedom of expression.
The conference drew attention to the difficult situation for journalists and media workers in Afghanistan and honored all those who had been victims of violence, the Embassy of Sweden said.
In his opening address, Sweden’s Ambassador Anders Sjöberg, commended the Afghan government on the new by-law on Establishment and Activity of Private Mass Media and called for its swift implementation.
Participants also underlined the work of female journalists particularly needed to be furthered and that it was crucial to provide insights into the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan.
The people of Afghanistan have in the last decade enjoyed a high level of freedom of the press and expression. These achievements needed to be protected and respected by all parties.
The organisors reiterated their continued support for strengthening journalists and media workers’ security and freedom of expression in Afghanistan. There was consensus to further advance the development of the press.
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