IFJ Urges Immediate Investigstion, Measures to Ensure Protection of Qutbuddin Kohi

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Afghan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) have urged an immediate investigation and measures to ensure the full protection of the head of Faryab’s Journalists Union, Qutbuddin Kohi.

An Afghan journalist Qutbuddin Kohi survived an assassination attempt by armed assailants in Faryab province on February 11.

Journalist Outbuddin Kohi was returning home when he was fired upon just after 7pm in the city of Maimana. “Three bullets were fired. I rushed and as I got back up and I was about to open the car’s door and I saw the gunmen fleeing in a white car,” Kohi said. The injured journalist was taken to the local hospital in Maimana for treatment.

According to the AIJA, the journalist received bullet- injuries, but has since recovered.

No group is yet to claim responsibility for the attack. Police launched an investigation into the attack and the murder attempt has been broadly condemned by the media community.

The AIJA said: “The AIJA is worried for the increased targeted attack on journalists. We call on the Afghan government to prosecute the perpetrators and ensure safety of journalists.”

The International Federation of Journalist (IFJ) said: “Despite the government’s assurances and commitment to protecting journalists, the situation for media in Afghanistan is extremely worrying with an escalation in attacks. The IFJ urges stronger dialogue between the Afghanistan government and the media fraternity to resolve this critical issue.”

According to the UN’s report on ‘ Killing of human rights defenders, journalists and media workers in Afghanistan’, at least 11 human rights defenders and journalists have been killed in targeted attack in Afghanistan since peace talks started between the Taliban and Afghan government last September.

16 / February 2021
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