Nai-Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan in a new report published on Thursday said that 130 cases of violence against journalists have been in the country in 2020.
According to the report, the increase of insecurities and violence against journalists have caused that many of media workers leave their jobs.
The report stated that in 2020, 11 journalists were killed and 16 others were injured, as well as 13 cases of beatings, five abductions, three arrests, 23 threats and insults, and an attack on four journalists were recorded.
According to the report, there have been three attacks on the media organization this year.
“As those involved in this field, we are not satisfied with the government’s efforts in investigating cases of violence against journalists,” Chief Executive of Nai, Mujib Khalwatgar said in a press conference, criticizing the government’s performance in curbing violence against journalists.
Spike in Violence Against Journalists
Simultaneously with the increase of targeted assassinations in the big cities of the country, the targeted assassinations of journalists have also increased, as in the last two months, six journalists in different provinces of Afghanistan have lost their lives.
The Ministry of Information and Culture has confirmed that in the last two months alone, it has registered 37 threats against the lives of journalists and has taken measures against them with the help of security agencies.
The ministry said it had relocated a number of journalists to safety to contain the threats.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) had previously announced that the first assassination of a journalist was recorded in Afghanistan in 2021, making it one of the deadliest countries for journalists in 2020.
Ministry of Interior Assures to Provide Security of Journalists
The Ministry of Interior’s spokesman Tariq Arian in response to Nai report, in a video message said that the government would address all security concerns against journalists and civil society.
Arian emphasized that ensuring the security of citizens, especially journalists and civil society is essential and that the Ministry of Interior works closely media outlets and civil society institutions.