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21 Afghan journalists killed, 57 injured in 2017

21 Afghan journalists killed, 57 injured in 2017

Mar 19, 2018 - 19:34

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Twenty-one journalists were killed and 57 others injured in Afghanistaninfo-icon since late March 2017 --- yet another bloodiest year for the community, an advocacy group said Monday.

In the past 12 months, around 161 cases of violence against journalists, insults, threats, pressure, destruction of media facilities and equipment and attacks were registered in different provinces.

This was told to a gathering marking the journalist day in Kabul by Ahmad Quraishi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Afghanistan Journalist Center (AJC).

The gathering was attended by government officials and media activists. Speaking on the occasion, Quraishi said the outgoing solar yearinfo-icon saw 21 journalists dying and 57 others injuring in terrorist attacks nationwide.

He said Daesh or so called Islamic State (IS) group killed 16 reporters and Talibaninfo-icon insurgents five during the outgoing year that ends on March 21.

Among the wounded, 41 reporters were injured in terrorist incidents, 13 by ISIS and three by Taliban rebels.

The Presidential Place’s guards were involved in 23 cases of violence against journalists and security forces threatened 18 journalits.

He said the Taliban were involved in six cases and unknown gunmen in two cases. Journalists continued to face different kind of violence and threats, said Quraishi, who urged the government to pay attention the safety of reporters’ lives across the country.

Hussain Sancharaki, deputy information and cultural minister for publication affairs, acknowledged journalists faced some issues, including lack of access to information.

He said the access to information law had been reviewed last month and some amendments were approved.


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