Reporters without borders organization, RSF, and other organizations supporting media in Afghanistan at a gathering on Friday said the security situation in the country is concerning for journalists and that the international community to put pressure on both of the war to ensure the safety of media workers.
“We call on the international community to ensure the safety of journalists in Afghanistan,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF's Iran-Afghanistan desk.
“A major part of our society that is one of the government’s achievements in the last 20 years and is one of the red lines of the international community in their deals with the anti-government elements and other groups and even with the government of Afghanistan is now prone to damage,” said Zia Bomia, deputy head of the joint the government and media committee.
RSF official also stressed the need for immediate release of the four journalists arrested by the NDS in Kandahar.
“The detentions were a mistake. We didn’t enter into details but there are other solutions. However, we do not defend what these journalists did,” Moini said.
Four local journalists, who had allegedly gone to the Taliban-held Spin Boldak district in Kandahar province for providing reports, were detained by the National Directorate of Security in return from the district on July 25.
“We ask the warring parties to abide by international rules in the war,” an Afghan reporter Akbar Ludin said.
“Journalists are dealing with a very bad circumstance, so the international community should not leave them alone” a journalist Shoaib Haidari said.