A dozen journalists killed in outgoing Afghan year
KABUL (Pajhwok): The outgoing Afghan solar year (March 22, 2015- March 21, 2016) was another dangerous year for journalists in Afghanistan, when a dozen reporters were killed, a free media advocacy group said on Wednesday.
NAI, which supports free media in Afghanistan, said it findings showed 116 incidents of violence including 12 murders, 23 injuries, three arrest, 15 beating and 63 insults and threatening journalists took place during the year.
In its annual report, the organisation said the murders showed a 33 percent increase, injuries a 60 percent and insult and threats 20 percent, compared to the previous solar year.
NAI chief executive Sidiqullah Tawhidi told a press conference here that the outgoing year was another deadliest year for journalists and media persons in Afghanistan.
He said a total of 116 incidents of violence against journalists had taken place during the period, with militants involving in 64 incidents, the government in 24, unknown gunmen in 21 and foreign troops in one incident.
Concerned over the increasing violence against journalists, Tawhidi asked the judiciary organs to help journalists protection organizations investigate murder cases of journalists and punish the perpetrators.
The lack of access to information was another challenge journalists faced during the year in Kabul and provinces, he said.
The fleeing of journalists to foreign countries, a lack of female journalists and the collapse of some media outlets due to financial problems were other problems the media faced during the outgoing year.
Tawhidi said the coming solar year ( after March 20, 2016) would be full of challenges for journalists, urging the government to maintain their security and take positive steps toward providing them access to information.
Yama Bahroz, a freelance journalist in Badakhshan, Amanullah Attai, the director of a private TV channel, Esa, Zabihullah Pashtunyar, producer with Kehan radio in Kunduz, Zabihullah Khaksar, a journalist with the Radio and Television Afghanistan (RTA) in Nangarhar have been killed by unidentified men in the year.
Seven employees of Tolo TV were also killed when a suicide bomber targeted their van in Kabul.
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