Concerns grow among journalists and institutions defending their rights as the country witnessed the death of four journalists since November 7.
Most of the attacks on journalist remain unclaimed, something that has complicated investigations into the incidents.
On Friday, an Ariana News presenter Fardin Amini lost his life in a mysterious with initial reports of the Interior Affairs Ministry suggesting a suicide attempt, but his family rejected the initial findings, saying that he was assassinated.
On Thursday, Malala Maiwand, 25, a female TV presenter for Enekaas TV and Radio, a local media outlet in Nangarhar province in the east of Afghanistan, and her driver were killed in an attack by unknown armed men in Nangarhar.
Two other journalists, one a former TOLOnews presenter Yama Siawash and another Elias Dayee, a Radio Azadi reporter in Helmand, were killed in two separate incidents in November.
Media supporting organizations said the targeted attacks against journalists are posing a big threat to the press freedom.
“Journalists community is the most oppressed because they are killed without any justification and no one takes responsibility for their killing,” said Behishta Mohammadi, a journalist in Kabul.
“In the last one or two months, we have seen a few targeted killings of journalists. This massively impacts the process of reporting,” said Hamida Madadi, a journalist.
“We have witnessed the killing of ten journalists or media workers. What has happened recently is looking weird, mysterious, and systematic,” said Mujib Khalwatgar, the head of NAI, a media supporting organization.
According to the statistics by the Ministry of Interior, 136 journalists have been killed in Afghanistan over the past decade.
The Interior Ministry has blamed the Taliban for killing 58 journalists. But the Taliban has rejected the allegations.
The International Federation of Journalists recently ranked Afghanistan as the third deadliest country for journalists in 2020.