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In pursuit of asylum, 23 journalists leave for Europe

AT-KABUL: As many as 23 employees of different television channels on late Sunday night left Afghanistan to seek asylum in European Union. This is the first time that Afghan media-persons left the country in a group.

Nai-Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan, a media watchdog, said that last night 23 media-persons including reporters and cameramen left the country.

Speaking at the press conference, the executive director of Nai, Abdul Mujib Khalwatgar, said that last night at 1:00 am, he received phone calls from cameramen that they were leaving the country. “I tried my best to convince them to stay in Afghanistan and avoid this dangerous journey, but they counted their problems as media-persons,” he added.

He said that terrorism, job insecurity, censorship, violence and lack of facilities were main reasons that forced the news reporters and cameramen to leave the country.

Nai expressed its concern about condition of the journalists and asked the government to resolve all outstanding problems faced by media-persons in the country.

European countries have closed their borders for asylum-seekers as Asians and Africans storm the European Union.

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