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Afghanistan third dangerous country for journalists

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KABUL: The Organization of Reporters Without Borders in its littlest report has described Afghanistan as the third dangerous and unsecured country for the journalists following Mexico and Syria in 2019.

According to the report, at least ten journalists in Mexico, ten in Syria, five in Afghanistan, four in Pakistan and three in Somalia have been killed from the beginning of 2019.

The organization, however has described Afghanistan the third dangerous country for the journalists, it emphasized that the casualties of journalists have been significantly reduced in the ongoing year in this country. 

The report has underscored concerns about the absence of foreign media outlets in Afghanistan, saying that due to security threats, the majority of the foreign journalists had left the country.   

At least 16 journalists in 2018- 15 journalist in 2017 and 10 journalist in 2016 have been killed in Afghanistan, stated the report.

The report said that nearly 50 journalists have been killed all over the world this year, which shows about 44 percent decrease in the death toll compare to the past years.

“389 journalists have been arrested and 57 reporters have been taken hostage across the world in 2019,” said the report.

Meanwhile, an official of NAI, supporting the open media in Afghanistan, Navid Mohammadi said that despite decrease in the number of death tolls of the journalists, the target killings of media workers are still continuing.

Afghanistan is on top of the unsecure countries with the daily violence and conflicts that has left massive casualties behind so far.

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