AJSC Call on Govt to Conduct Meaningful Investigation into Assassinations of 3 Female Media Employees in Nangarhar

Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) calls on the government to conduct meaningful investigations into the killing of three female media workers in Nangarhar province and share the results with the media community.

AJSC in a press release on Tuesday night said the committee has always, and especially in recent months, been actively pursuing murder cases of journalists with the Afghan government.

“The current approach of security agencies towards investigating these incidents and sharing information with the media community is not satisfactory at all–something that needs to be changed,” the press release said.

The press release cited that the government must take practical and effective steps to ensure the safety and security of journalists as civilians.

AJSC is said to believe that if the current trend continues, Afghanistan’s most important achievements, Freedom of Expression and independent media, will be vanished.

Three women who worked for Enikas TV station in the city of Jalalabad have been shot dead on Tuesday afternoon.

The TV officials say the women, aged 18-20, were killed in two separate but co-ordinated attacks. A fourth was critically hurt.

The three women killed had recently finished high school and worked in the dubbing department of the privately owned Enikas TV station, said its head, Zalmai Latifi.

Mursal Wahidi was attacked by gunmen as she was walking home. The two others – who were identified only as Shahnaz and Sadia – were killed in a separate incident, also while returning home.

Enikas TV station says of 10 women it employed, four have now been killed including a presenter, Malalai Maiwand, who was gunned down in December.

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