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Abdullah vows to protect journalists

AT-KABUL: The Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah, in a commemoration ceremony of the world press freedom day on Wednesdaysaid the government will stepup measures to protect journalists. This comes as the government has been under pressure after a suicide attack on Monday killed nine journalists in Kabul city.

The government will leave no stones unturned to safeguard journalists and people, he said. “Unity, however, will enable us to beef up security of citizens,” he added.

People are not safe in mosques, madrasas, schools and markets and even journalists are a target of acts of terror. We must know our enemy and send them a massage that we can defeat them, he iterated.

Pointing to recent twin bombings that claimed lives of nine journalists, the chief executive said that it was a deliberate act of terror that has been haunting journalists since the past year.

Praising the perseverance of journalists, Abdullah said that media is a stronghold and journalists have always refused to abandon that stronghold. “Taliban, Daesh and other terrorist groups are no different from each other; they are accomplices to one crime and that is massacre of Afghans; and they will never be acquitted,” he added.

“It is our responsibility to exert utmost efforts for the implementation of ‘freedom of speech’ law”, said information and culture minister, Mohammad Rasoul Bawari. He promised to enforce freedom of speech and to guarantee the law across the country.

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