Gunmen Kill RTA Journalist In Zabul

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Unknown gunmen shot dead a reporter on Sunday evening in Zabul province, security officials said Monday.

According to the officials the reporter, Yaqoub Sharafat, worked for Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) network.

Officials said that he was with his family at the time of the shooting. They said Sharafat was leaving a clinic with his wife when gunmen opened fire.

The gunmen then fled the scene.

The incident happened just one kilometer away from the NDS department and provincial governor’s building.

Zabul Police Chief Mirwais Noorzai confirmed the incident and said that police have started investigations.

So far no group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

National Unity Government CEO Abdullah Abdullah condemned the killing of Sharafat and promised to investigate the murder.

Sharafat had one daughter.

This comes agter President Ashraf Ghani issued a new decree on access to information aimed at supporting the media sector.

Based on the new decree, government officials shall not delay in delivering information (to media).

Meanwhile, a number of journalists’ rights organizations called on government to implement the decree and probe the cases of violation against journalists.

This is the second RTA reporter killed by unknown gunmen in one year.

In February this year, 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.

The shooting took place at time while 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.

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