Outgoing solar year was most challenging for journalists
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Journalists Centre (AFJC) on Thursday said the outgoing solar year was the most challenging one for journalists and media, asking the government to remain committed to honouring its promises about the freedom of speech.
Celebrating the National Journalists Day, the AFJC expressed its deep concern over the growing militant activities, insecurity and poor economy of the media community.
A number of journalists and media workers have left their jobs or traveled abroad due to the ongoing insecurity and threats to their lives in the country.
AFJC executive director, Ahmad Quraishi, told a news conference in Kabul that the centre had registered 191 cases of violence against journalists in 1394 solar year that ends on March 21, compared 103 cases in 1393.
Quraishi said 10 journalists, including women, and seven workers of Tolo private television had been killed during the outgoing solar year.
Three officials of a local private radio were killed in a US airstrike on the MSF-run hospital in the capital of northern Kuduz province, when they were covering security incidents, he said.
The editor-in-chief of Asia television and a reporter with the state-run Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) were also among those killed in 1394, he added. Only six journalists and media workers had been killed in 1393 solar year, according to the AFJC.
Quraishi continued the situation of journalists would get worse if security was not improved in the country. He stressed the Afghan government and the international community should take serious threats the journalists faced.
After the press conference, awards were distributed among journaliss in recognition of their services. Marufa Zaki, a journalist with Aryana private television, won the award of “journalist of the year” while nine other reporters including Storai Karimi, a Pajhwok Afghan News reporter, were given appreciation letters as top reporters of the year.
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