At least 21 journalists who were recognized as representatives of all those journalists died on the job in 2018 were remembered by Newseum and Freedom Forum Institute in the United States on the 3rd of June.
Newseum quoting Committee to Protect Journalists, a US-based organization, said 54 journalists lost their lives in 2018 around the world while reporting.
TOLOnews cameraman Yar Mohammad Tokhi was also among those remembered.
Tokhi was killed along with eight other reporters and cameramen in April 2018 while covering an explosion in Kabul.
“Sabawoon, Ebadullah and Mahram were all killed on a single day while reporting on the aftermath of a suicide bombing attack in Kabul Afghanistan in April 2018,” said Daisy Sindelar, acting president of Radio Free Europe.
While 2018 Afghanistan was recognized as the deadliest country for journalists, this year also, media supporting organizations said, threats against reporters are serious.
Around 40 cases of violence against journalists were reported this year, according to figures by Afghanistan Journalists Safety Committee.
“Last year, we had nearly 90 cases and so far this year, we have recorded 40 cases. Violence (against journalists) has decreased compared to the last year,” said Waheeda Faizi, a member of the committee.
“Lack of job security and lack of access to information are our concerns,” said Zahra Sotooda, a Kabul-based journalist.
TOLOnews journalists Samim Faramarz and Ramiz Ahmadi also lost their lives in 2018.
Faramarz and Ahmadi were covering an explosion in Kabul’s PD13 that a second blast happened and took their lives.