IFJ Condemns Attack on Radio Station in Kunduz Province

The International Federation of journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Afghan Independent Journalists’ Association (AIJA) condemned the attack on a Radio station in Kunduz province and urged the Afghan government to investigate the case.

A mob of nearly a dozen people led by the imam of a local mosque attacked Zohra Radio in north eastern Kunduz province on January 15 damaging the radio’s equipment and vandalizing the office.

According to AIJA, the angry crowd also attempted to attack Radio Kaihan and Radio Chiragh but were prevented and stopped by security forces as they attempted to enter into the radio stations. Zohra Radio is planning to file case against the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, Afghan Journalists Safety Committee and Afghanistan Ministry of Information and Culture issued statements condemning the attack.

From January 2020, 11  media workers were murderedin Afghanistan including  one on January 1, 2021.

Attacks on journalists, threats from militant groups, gender-based violence against women journalists, government controls on information have also been documented, according to AIJA.

The AIJA said: “The attack to the Zohra radio indicates that media in Afghanistan are unsafe not only from militant groups but also from different interest groups. AIJA demands the Afghanistan government to end the culture of impunity on crime against journalists.”

The IFJ said: “The safety situation for journalists in Afghanistan must be a major priority for the Afghanistan government.”

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