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Journalists in the east say facing increased threats

Journalists in the east say facing increased threats

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May 02, 2019 - 20:40

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Journalists on Thursday said threats to them in the eastern zone have been on the increase with each passing day, accusing the authorities of doing nothing to protect them.

The journalists cited the presence of armed groups, threats from mafia circles and denial of government officials to share information with them in a timely manner as their main problems.

They expressed their frustration at a gathering organized by the Afghan Journalist Safety Committee in connection with Worldinfo-icon Press Freedom Day (May 3) in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province.

Journalist Safety Committee head in the east, Sher Shah Hamdard, on the occasion said journalists faced threats from government, militants and mafia circles in various spheres.

As a result, he added, five journalists, including three womeninfo-icon, were subjected to violence in the eastern zone last solar yearinfo-icon.

He also urged the government to share information with journalists on time, address their security concerns and financially support local media and reduce their offices’ power tariff.

Similarly, Defense Committee of Independent Journalists chief in the east, Zabihullah Ghazni, said threats and violence against journalists had been on the increase with each passing day.

He said currently no journalist felt secure and asked the government to devise a comprehensive plan for protection of media workers.

Speaking at the event, deputy governor Tamim Arif Momand congratulated journalists on the World Press Freedom Day and said all government departments had been directed to timely share information with reporters.

He said the provincial administration was committed to informing people about its activities and performance through different ways including the media.

Advisor to the president on academic and social affairs, Lal Pacha Azmon, suggested a joint workshop of journalists and officials to discuss issues in sharing of information.

The Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, said the provincial government leadership was trying its level best to provide every possible facility to journalists.

He said the issue of sharing timely information with journalists had been resolved and efforts were being made to facilitate them in different areas.

The World Press Freedom day was also celebrated in other provinces of the country on Thursday.

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