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1,500 cases of violence against journalists probed in 2 years

1,500 cases of violence against journalists probed in 2 years

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May 09, 2019 - 20:06

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The joint media commission investigated 1500 cases of violence against journalists during the past two years before the cases were sent to judicial organs and the Ministry of Interior for further action, the Ministry of Information and Culture said on Thursday.

Advisor to the Ministry of Information and Culture, Jafar Rastin, made these comments during a gathering organized by the Afghanistaninfo-icon Journalists Council in connection with Worldinfo-icon Press Freedom Day in Kabul.

Rastin linked the increasing incidents of violence against journalists to lack of capacity in some government departments and security issues which he said prevent laws from being implemented.

“We have good laws but they are not properly enforced, we should together work to find solution,” he told the participants.

He said the under investigation cases of violence against journalists involved different level of people and groups and the cases had been forwarded to the attorneys and the Ministry of Interior.

Rastin said the Ministry of Information and Culture was working on a policy which would help reduce violence against journalists once implemented.

Speaking on the occasion, Afghanistan Journalists Council chief Mohammad Bashir Hatel said 24 journalists and media workers were killed and another 18 wounded during the past one year in Afghanistan.

He said during the period 32 incidents of threat, 30 insult and five kidnapping of journalists also took place. “These are figures registered with us, there may be different figures with others,” he said.

He said the insurgents, powerful individuals and government officials threatened journalists individually and in groups last year, negatively impacting journalists’ work.

At the end of the gathering, a number of journalists, including Pajhwok reporter Abasin Zaheer, were given away appreciation letters in recognition of their work.

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