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25 cases of violence against journalists in 3 months

25 cases of violence against journalists in 3 months

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Mar 29, 2018 - 19:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghan Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC) on Thursday announced registering 25 cases of violence against the community in the past three months.

Seddiqullah Tawhidi, advocacy in-charge for AJSC, presented the committee’s report for the first quarter of 2018 at a press conference here.

He said 25 cases of violence against journalists and media workers had been registered by the AJSC, with 14 cases happening in western Herat province alone.

Eleven cases of violence were registered in north, south and east zones of the country that showed no part of the country was secure for journalists, he said.

“These cases are a matter of concern for AJSC. Despite a joint committee of the government and the media, violent behavior of officials against journalists still persists,” he said.

Armed opposition groups and terrorists in the south and southeast posed a great threat to journalists and media activates, Tawhidi said.

He said threats from militant groups were direct or by telephone and they were high in eastern Nangarhar province by Daesh and Talibaninfo-icon insurgents.

“Our colleagues are under threat in all areas of the country, we want the government to deal with this issue as soon as possible. Afghan security forces should not only avoid harassing journalists’, but should support them,” he added.

Access to information in provinces is limited for journalists and most of journalists complain in this regard, he said, adding the government should also pay attention to the access to information issue.

Najiba Zaman, a journalist with Sheba Radio, told Pajhwok Afghan News on the sidelines of the press conference, that access to information had been reduced and officials, particularly spokespersons, did not provide enough information to journalists on time.

She said some government spokespersons even applied double standards when it came to sharing information with media outlets.

“Officials and spokespersons mostly share information with foreign media outlets, not with the national ones,” she complained.

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