Speaking at an event to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists in Kabul on Thursday, the Afghan Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC) said Afghanistan is the second worst country in the world for journalists.
According to the journalist’s safety committee, 10 journalists have been killed so far this year and that cases of violence have been recorded against 100 others.
“Still Afghanistan is a dangerous place for journalists. About 1,000 journalists have been killed around the world this year, and Afghanistan has the second highest total,” Sediqullah Tawhidi, chairman journalists safety committee said. The committee noted that Syria was the worst.
UNAMA meanwhile also raised concerns over the increase of violence against journalists in the country and said the UN, especially the United Nations Security Council, is committed to supporting freedom of expression.
“Democracy cannot take root and flourish without public debate and without a strong and courageous media sector,” Renaud Datelle, a representative of UNAMA in Kabul said.
Many analysts have said journalism, as a profession, is one of the most challenging in Afghanistan – especially for women.
One female journalist, Zahra Sutoday, who works for a media outlet in Kabul, said she travels to different parts of the country and often faces challenges.
“I have faced insecurity problems and also sometimes I have failed to get complete information from government institutions because of bullies,” Sutoda said.
“We believe that a good government needs the full cooperation of the media,” said the president’s deputy spokesman Dawa Khan Menapal said.
In the meantime, the European Union (EU) also raised concerns over continued violence against journalists in Afghanistan.