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40 media outlets stop functioning in 2019: AJSC

40 media outlets stop functioning in 2019: AJSC

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Jan 19, 2020 - 18:24

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC) on Sunday said violence against journalists decreased .by 13 percent in 2019, when 40 media outlets stopped activities due to financial constrains

AFJSC documented five murder cases, 25 threats, seven kidnaping, 18 injuries, 12 beating, 23 cases of insult and bad behavior, one case of illegal dismissal, three cases of arrest and one case of illegal behavior in 2019, said Najib Sharifi, the committee head.

He said murder cases in 2019 showed a 71 percent decrease as 17 murder cases took place in 2018.

Sharifi said two murder cases of journalists were blamed on Talibaninfo-icon and one on Daesh rebels and the remaining two on powerful individuals.

Most or 42 cases of violence were attributed to government, 33 cases to Taliban, seven cases to powerful individuals, four cases to Daesh, one case to robbers in 2019.

Media directors admitted in five cases of bad behavior in 2019, he said. “Of 105 cases of violence, 18 cases involved,” Sharifi added.”

He linked the decrease in violence in 2019 over 2018 to weakening of Daesh rebels, peace negotiations with Taliban representatives and efforts for protection of journalists.

Financial problems

Sharifi said 40 media outlets ceased operations in 2019 due to their financial problems, but another 25 started activities.

He added due to serious financial problems, a number of media outlets stopped their activities in 2019.

He urged the international community and the Afghan government to support Afghanistan media outlets.

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