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A dozen journalists murdered last year: Watchdog

A dozen journalists murdered last year: Watchdog

May 05, 2016 - 18:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Media Watch Afghanistaninfo-icon (IMWA) on Thursday expressed deep concern over a 20 percent increase in incidents of violence against journalists in Afghanistan last year.

IMWA Head Sediqullah Tawhidi told reporters here there 117 incident of violence targeting journalists happened last year, showing a 20 percent increase compared to the previous year.

He said the 117 incidents took place since May 3, 2015, in which 12 reporters were murdered, 23 caused injuries and the remaining were beaten and physically disgraced.

Tawhidi attributed 26 incidents to government officials, 64 to militants, one to security forces and 21 to unknown armed men.

He said the Talibaninfo-icon’s violent behavior against journalists had increased that showed the group had become 54 percent more aggressive compared to the previous year.

He said insecurity and increase in violence against media-persons forced at least 300 journalists, including 50 womeninfo-icon, into seeking asylum in foreign countries and leaving Afghanistan.

He demanded the government pay more attention towards safety and protection of journalists in the country and ensure the freedom of speech.


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