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53 journalists killed under national unity govt: NAI

53 journalists killed under national unity govt: NAI

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Sep 10, 2018 - 20:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Free media advocacy group NAI on Monday expressed concern over the killing of 53 journalists under the National Unity Government (NUG) --- four times higher compared to former president Hamid Karzai’s rule.

Addressing reporters here, NAI chief Abdul Mujeeb Khelwatgar said 42 journalists had been killed during Hamid Karzai government from 2001 to 2014 while 53 journalists lost their lives from 2015 to 2018.

He said statistics showed 44 percent of the total 95 foreign and local journalists were killed from 2001 till 2014 and 56 percent in the past four years of the unity government.

“In simple words we can say that during Hamid Karzai presidency, three journalists were killed every year while during the NUG 13 journalists are killed every year.”

Referring to the recent killing of two journalists and injuries to five others, Khelwatgar said: “Last Wednesday, journalists were intentionally attacked, I saw their bodies and wounds on their bodies showed they were not accidently killed,” he said.

About the delayed salaries of media persons, he said last year 30 percent media outlets failed to pay salaries to staff while this year nine media outlets did not pay salaries to their employees.

He warned if these media outlets did not pay salaries to their employees, NAI would expose their names.

He asked the government to provide security to journalists and appoint at least five to six security personnel for a journalist while covering a live event.

Khelwatgar termed the situation of journalists in Balkh province as worrisome and added NAI was monitoring the situation of media in every province.

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