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Violence against journalists 18pc up in 2018: NAI report

Violence against journalists 18pc up in 2018: NAI report

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Dec 27, 2018 - 19:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Violence against journalists surged 18 percent in Afghanistaninfo-icon this year, said free media supporting group NAI on Thursday.

In its annual report for 2018, NAI mentioned murder, torture, threats, insult, kidnapping and lack of access to information among incidents that took place against journalists.

NAI head Mujib Khalwatgar told reporters here there were 166 incidents of violence against journalists in 2017 and 196 incidents in 2018, showing an 18 percent increase.

This year, he said, 20 journalists were killed, 20 others injured, 34 tortured, 52 threatened, 9 arrested for short time, 11 attacks happened on media outlets and 50 incidents of denial of access to information happened.

He asked the National Unity Government to speed up investigations into incidents of violence against journalists which might help decline violence against the community.

“We want the international community and donor countries to put pressure on the Afghan government to ensure implementation of access to information law,” he said.

Syed Jafar Rastin, advisor to the Ministry of Information and Cultural Affairs, said security institutions were often asked to ensure safety of journalists and media persons. He said most of violent incidents resulted from journalists’ unfair behavior with police.

Defence Ministry spokesman Javid Ghafoor said journalists performed the duty of moral security of the masses like soldiers looked after physical security of the people.

He asked security organs not to send journalists to frontlines without necessary security equipment.

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