Private media in the western province of Ghor have refrained from covering government news events for three days in protest against what they describe as the security agencies’ inattention to finding perpetrators behind reporter Bismillah Adil’s death.
Media officials in Ghor said they will continue their protest of the government’s news coverage if the perpetrators of attack on Adil are not recognized.
“We stopped our broadcast on Ghor. We expect that the perpetrators behind the killing of journalists, especially those who killed Mr. Adil, should be arrested as soon as possible,” Maroof Saeedi, head of a local radio in Ghor.
“To protest against the government, we stopped our coverage for three days so that the government follows the case,” said Abdul Salam Samim, head of a local radio in Ghor.
Ghor journalists said that there is a need for more attention to the safety of the media community.
“Coverage of government activities will be stopped after three days because it has acted weak in protecting journalists,” said Noor Ahmad Habibi, a reporter in Ghor.
“The government should know that it should protect journalists and recognize those groups who pose threats to them,” said Najibullah Nazari, a reporter in Ghor.
Adil was killed in an attack by unknown armed men in Ghor on Friday.
A report indicates that four anchors, three reporters and a cameraman have lost their lives in terrorist incidents in different parts of the country in 2020. This number was similar to 2019, but the level of threats to journalists and media workers has been unprecedentedly high in recent months and continues unabated.
The Afghanistan Journalists Center, in a report published Saturday, says in 2020 Daesh was responsible for killing two anchors, the Taliban was responsible for killing one reporter and a cameraman, and unknown armed men were responsible for killing two anchors.
According to the report, the perpetrators of some of the attacks have not been identified so far.
The report says that 112 incidents of violence against journalists happened in 2020 in the country. The report adds that 19 journalists and media workers were wounded last year.
Moreover, two more incidents, including the attack on former TOLOnews anchor Yama Siawash and the death of Ariana News anchor Fardin Amini in a mysterious incident, happened this past November.
Those who lost their lives in 2020 are:
Safar Mohammad Atal, an anchor of Samson Radio in Helmand
Ahmad Khan Nawid, an anchor of Ghor Radio in Feroz Koh city
Mir Wahid Shah Amiri, Khorshid TV reporter in Kabul
Shafiq Zabih, a cameraman at Khorshid TV
Elyas Daee, a Radio Azadi reporter in Helmand
Malala Maiwand, Eekas TV anchor in Nangarhar