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Female journalists’ strength on decline in north

Female journalists’ strength on decline in north

Jul 18, 2019 - 16:21

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) on Thursday said the number of female journalist has been on the decrease with each passing day in the country’s northern zone due to insecurity, economic and social problems.

AJSC head for the northern zone, Bashir Ansari, told a press conference here that violence against media persons decreased during the first six months of the on-going solar yearinfo-icon compared to the same period last year.

He said 45 violence cases against journalists had been recorded during the first six months of the year.

The cases included three murderer, six injuries, five beating, 19 cases of insult, 10 cases of threats, one arrest, and one dismissing by force from a media outlet.

He attributed 20 percent of the cases to government figures, eight percent to Talibaninfo-icon militants and Daesh rebels and eight percent to unknown armed men, six percent to local powerful individuals and three percent to media outlets’ directors.

According to the AJSC, the northern zone was the most danger place for journalists as the region witnessed 15 violence cases in recent past.

The AJSC’s another concern was the decreasing number of female journalists in the northern zone.

Bashir Ansari told Pajhwok Afghan News due to insecurity, bad economic situation, and traditions the number of female journalists was on the decline in the zone.

He said there were only two female journalists in Sar-i-Pul province and recently they also quit their job due to insecurity. Faryab has eight female journalists who also face some issues. Jwazjan has around 10 to 15 female journalists, Samangan has four female journalists.

According to him, Balkh has more female journalists after Kabulinfo-icon but it was said their number also decreased recently.

Meanwhile, Mahbooba Mohammadi, a private television reporter in Balkh province, told Pajhwok she faced multiple problems during her job period.

She said first of all lack of access to information was a major concern for them as most of the time officials of a majority institutions were unwilling to share information with them.

She said, “Most of the time officials did not agree to be interviewed by me as  I’m a woman but the same persons willingly give interview to my male colleagues.”

A number of other female and men journalists held similar views and urged the government to address their issue.


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