Afghanistan Deemed Most Dangerous Country For Media Workers

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International Media Support (IMS) said that Afghanistan, Iraq and Mexico are the world’s most dangerous countries for reporters and media employees.

Meanwhile Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) raised concerns over insurgent threats against media activities in the country.

“Afghanistan is a dangerous place for reporters and media activity. I think if attacks continue, Afghanistan will become more dangerous,” said Najib Sharifi head of AJSC.

Last month, a Taliban suicide bombing claimed the lives of seven TOLO TV employees. More than 20 others were wounded.

Since then, Zubair Khaksar, an RTA journalist and writer, was killed by unknown gunmen in Nangarhar province. This incident was followed by another which saw two Baghlan journalists injured when gunmen opened fire on them.

“Recent incidents show that reporters are still under threat and reporters are being targeted by groups involved in Afghanistan’s war and there is no safety for them and the government also does not pay sufficient attention to the problem,” said Hassan Khatab a journalist.

Sayed Hassib, a TOLO TV cameraman has filmed the ongoing war for a number of years,but recently fell victim to the Taliban himself. He was injured in last month’s bombing in Kabul.

“Reporters overall are not safe, not only in provinces but even in the capital Kabul,” said Hassib.

However the National Unity Government (NUG) acknowledges there is a problem.

“In general there are threats and we hope with the improvement of the situation and the blows imparted on the terrorist groups the security slowly slowly will change,” the CEO’s spokesman Mujiburrahman Rahimi said.

These comments come after a bleak month for the media – when eight media employees were killed by insurgents in just one month.

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