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Remembering slain colleague, Khost journalists demand security

Remembering slain colleague, Khost journalists demand security

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Apr 30, 2019 - 18:34

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): A number of journalists in southeastern Khost province on Tuesday complained the government and journalist advocacy institutes were not doing enough for their protection.

The journalists expressed these views while commemorating the first death anniversary of a local BBC journalist, Ahmad Shah, today in the capital of Khost.

A year back, Ahmad Shah was shot dead by unidentified gunmen when he was heading home in Khost city.

Ensan Aryan, a local journalist, on the sidelines of the ceremony, told Pajhwok Afghan News that journalists still faced with many problems in the country, particularly Khost province.

He asked government organs to work for protection of journalists so no fatal incident to media workers was repeated in future.

 “We ask detective and security forces to take measures for prevention of untoward incident before it happens, security forces often take measures after a journalist loses his life,” he said.

Kabir Khan Mushfiq, another local journalist, complained the government and journalists advocacy groups did not respond to their problems on time.

 “If media advocacy institutes honestly work and discharge their responsibilities, problems and threats to journalists would reduce to some extent,” he said.

Meanwhile, Saifullah Hayat, head of Journalists Protection Committee in the northeastern region, said the government was still silent over violence against journalists’ cases.

He said the government should end the culture of impunity regarding violence against journalists and publicly sentence those accused of harassing media workers.

Besides Ahmad Shah, 10 other journalists covering an incident were killed in a suicide attack in capital Kabulinfo-icon on this day last year.

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