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Danish wants UN to blacklist those targeting journalists

AT-KABUL: The Second Vice President Sarwar Danish has asked the United Nations to include those insurgent groups that kill journalists to the blacklist.

Danish said the Taliban and their patrons had turned down the government’s repetitive calls for peace and there was a need to continue the ongoing fight with the group more than ever. Afghan security forces should be supported more comprehensively to defeat the enemy in the battlefield, he insisted.

He said that the United Nations however had to blacklist the militant group for targeting journalists.

This comes days after at least 10 journalists were killed and eight others wounded in multiple attacks across Afghanistan, including a twin suicide bombing in Kabul on Monday that left at least 25 killed including nine journalists.

In a press conference, Deputy Minister of the Information and Culture Sayed Fazel Aqa Sancharaki said that freedom of speech is improving in Afghanistan despite of being a war-torn country and some neighboring countries don’t want this development.

“The United Nations stands in full solidarity with the journalists,” a representative of UNAMA in Kabul said, “We will continue to support the Afghan government with its efforts to implement measures that improve journalists’ safety and that foster open society and free media where no voice is silenced through guns, bombs and fear.”

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