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Threats against journalists increase: AJSC

Threats against journalists increase: AJSC

Jan 19, 2017 - 18:07

JALALABAD/MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Violence and threats against journalists have increased in some provinces, the Afghanistan Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC) said on Thursday.

AJSC officials on Thursday addressed separate press conferences in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, Jalalabad, and the capital of northern Balkh province, Mazar-i-Sharif.

Speaking on behalf of Nangarhar journalists, Bakhtar news agency official Gulistan Ghalib said reporters in Nangarhar faced numerous problems and challenges. He said journalists were being threatened by militants, government forces and local powerful figures.

Ghalib urged the government to take practical steps for ensuring a secure working environment for journalists in 2017.

AJSC representative Sher Shah Hamdard said how to behave with journalists should be made part of training to security forces and a campaign on government level to create awareness in this regard should be launched.

Hamdard said 101 cases of violence against journalists were recorded in 2016 when 13 journalists were murdered across Afghanistan.

He said 30 incidents of beating, 35 of threats, six of injuring and 17 insulting journalists took place in 2016, with the government bearing responsibility for half of the incidents.

Hamdard said the incidents of violence against journalists increased by 37 percent in 2016 over 2015.

In Mazar-i-Sharif, the AJSC presented its report about violence against journalists during the second half of 2016. The report said 11 incidents of violence against journalists took place during the past six months in Afghanistan’s north.

AJSC official Bashir Ansari said the incidents had increased by 37 percent and the government should take a decisive action against those involved in the crimes against reporters.