On this day in 2018, TOLOnews lost two of its outstanding journalists Samim Faramarz and Ramiz Ahmadi in a suicide bombing in west of Kabul.
The two journalists lost their lives in a car bomb attack that happened when the reporters were covering an early explosion in the area.
A number of journalists and human rights activists stressed the need for protection of the country's values including freedom of speech in peace negotiations.
“Freedom of speech is the fundamental right of every citizen of this country. N one has the right to suffocate the voice of the Afghan people,” said Farooq Majroh, member of the peace negotiating team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
“Samim in general was a talented and gifted personality. We were always watching TV and playing football together when he was coming from office,” said Makarem Daryoush, a friend of Faramarz.
“Ramiz was one of my best friends. He was a talented person in his field,” said Farid Rustaqi, a friend of Ramiz.
“This is our responsibility to follow the path of those who lost their lives for the sake of freedom,” said Nargis Horakhsh, a journalist in Kabul.
Afghan journalists during this period have faced a lot of hardships in their work, but they never stopped their mission as journalists.
The first explosion for which the journalists had gathered to cover was a suicide bombing while the second was a car bombing that according to officials left at least 16 people dead and 65 others wounded.
Faramarz had been reporting live from the scene of the first explosion on TOLOnews 6 pm news bulletin - just minutes before the explosion happened.
Faramarz was 28 and was an exceptional person among his colleagues with a smiling face and a kind heart. The last post on his Facebook was about his work as a reporter.
Ramiz Ahmadi, like Faramarz, was leading in his profession as a cameraman at TOLOnews. He pictured many reports from war-hit areas in the country.
He worked for TOLOnews for four years and besides that, he was a law student at a private university in Kabul.
Ahmadi was 23 years old and was always trying to support his family besides continuing his education.