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Ten media workers killed this year

88 cases of violence against journalists—12 injuries—seven arrest—three kidnapping—34 threat and insult

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KABUL: Afghanistan has been once again labeled as a deadly country for media workers and journalists as still they are being threatened and killed. 88 cases of violence against them were registered in 2019, including 10 murder suitcases—while 20 media workers and journalists were killed last year. 

In total 116 media workers went through violence, said Nasrat Rahimi, Spokesman for the Ministry of Interior in a press conference on Sunday.

“12 injuries, seven arrest, three kidnapping, 34 cases of threatening and insult are among 88 cases of violence,” he said, vowing to bring the culprits to the book.

Member of the Government and Media Joint Committee, Najibullah Maqsodi said that out of 10 killing cases, four of them were under investigation. “The perpetrators of six murder cases have been arrested and handed over to the attorney office for further inquiry.”

We will put all out efforts to investigate all the cases, assured Attorney General Office Spokesman, Jamshid Rasoli.

“Numbers of cases of violence against journalists, which were reported to the attorney office by MoI, National Directorate of Security (NDS) or other organs in different provinces, were prosecuted and handed over to the relevant courts.”

He once gain assured to go after all the cases of violence against journalist in a bid to bring the culprits to the justice.

Abdul Mujeeb Khalwatgar, Executive Director of Nai—a supporting open media in Afghanistan has talked about 50 percent decrease of violence against journalist in 2019, comparing to the last year.

Recently, the Organization of Reporters Sans 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.   

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