US Embassy in Kabul Calls on Govt to Defend Press Freedom, Protect Journalists

The US embassy in Kabul has expressed sincere condolences to thr friends, families and colleagues of the three female media workers who have been assassinated in Nangarhar province on Tuesday.
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“We must End Impunity with open and transparent investigations into these vicious murders. We call on the government to Defend PresFreedom and Protect Journalists. The perpetrators must be held accountable and stop their terrorism against Afghan civilians,” the embassy said in a statement.

“These attacks are meant to intimidate; they are intended to make reporters cower; the culprits hope to stifle freedom of speech in a nation where the media has flourished during the past 20 years. This cannot be tolerated,” the statement reads.

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.
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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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