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13 journalists killed since late March, says NAI

13 journalists killed since late March, says NAI

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Jul 12, 2018 - 21:34

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Thirteen journalists were killed in violence since late March in Afghanistaninfo-icon, showing a 30 percent rise in violence against the community, a media advocacy group, NAI, said Thursday.

NAI chief Abdul Mujib Khilwatgar told reporters in capital Kabul 13 journalists had been killed since the beginning of the ongoing solar yearinfo-icon.

He said 15 journalists were beaten and 10 others threatened this year, indicating a 36 percent increase in beatings and 20 percent in threats over last year.

He said the fresh incident of violence took place last night when unknown gunmen injured Rishad, a political anchor with Noor private TV channel.

He said another fresh incident was registered in southern Ghazni province where special police attempted to remove tinted glasses from the vehicle of Rahmatullah Nikzad, the journalists’ association chief.

Despite a presidential ban on tinted car glasses, a number of figures continue to use the tint in their vehicles.

Khilwatgar also said 80 percent of media organizations had not paid salaries to their staff for one to 16 months.

He did not name any media in this regard but warned if these media outlets directors did not pay salaries to staff, their names would be revealed to the public.

A number of journalists said the government had failed in providing security to them.

Hafeezullah Amin Salangi, a reporter with Noor private channel, told Pajhwok the government had failed in implementing laws passed for journalists’ security.

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