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Body to ensure journalists’ security created in Samangan

Body to ensure journalists’ security created in Samangan

Nov 09, 2016 - 15:34

AIBAK (Pajhwok): A committee tasked with ensuring security for journalists and media outlets has been created in northern Samangan province, an official said on Wednesday.

The committee’s formation comes in response to the approval of the security and protection of journalists draft by the National Security Council (NSC) in August.

A meeting chaired by Samangan’s the deputy governor announced the committee’s formation in Aibak, the provincial capital, on Wednesday.

Based on the meeting’s decision, the governor’s spokesman, the information and culture director, a representative of the appellant court, the police spokesman, the intelligence spokesman, head of Samangan Journalists Association, head of North Journalists Association and head of Civil Society Coalition were chosen as members of the committee.

Najibullah Danish, head of Civil Society Coalition, was chosen as deputy head and Mohammad Seddiq Azizi as secretary of the committee.

The meeting decided the committee would meet once in 15 days. All journalists and media officials should be registered with the committee and given journalist cards, the participants decided.

The creation of a coordination center for ensuring security of journalists by police headquarters and the creation of a center supporting media and journalists by the provincial National Directorate of Security (NDS) were also agreed upon at the meeting.

Samangan deputy governor, Akhtar Mohammad Khairzada, said journalists’ phone numbers, workplaces and residential areas would be also noted to keep them under security organs’ protection.

Before traveling to remote areas for reporting, journalists should inform the authorities concerned so that police take measures for their protection, he said.

Similar steps would be taken in all provinces of the country to ensure security for journalists and media outlets in line with the approved strategy.

As many as 65 journalists and media workers, 46 of them Afghans, have been killed in Afghanistan since 2002.

Only five murder cases of journalists have so far been addressed.