Killers of Afghan journalists rarely punished, says AFJC’s report

Written by The Frontier Post

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: November 2 is the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

In a report published for the occasion, the Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) said that in the past two decades, 109 journalists and media workers have lost their lives in Afghanistan.

The center added that no serious attention was paid to investigating the cases of murder and brutality against journalists, and that only six were brought to justice.

The International Committee to Protect Journalists reported that Afghanistan is the worst country for perpetrators not being brought to justice for crimes against journalists out of a group with Somalia, Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, the Philippines, Pakistan, Brazil, Bangladesh, Russia, India and Nigeria.

In the past few years eleven reporters and media personnel from Moby Group have lost their lives in various incidents.

In the latest incident, journalist Samim Faramarz, a reporter and Ramiz Ahmadi, a TOLOnews photographer, lost their lives last year in a terrorist incident in Kabul.

Yet one year after the incident, Ahmadi’s family say the perpetrators of their son’s murder have not been prosecuted.

“Why are they (the government) not following the incident? Those who did this act must be prosecuted and the government must follow through on the incident,” said Noorullah, father of Ahmadi.

Meanwhile, a number of journalists and members of the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee are concerned about the continuing violence against journalists in Afghanistan.

“Unfortunately, violence continues. It is true that 2019 was a relatively better year, but I say it is relatively better in terms of the number of murders. But 2018 was the worst year because we lost so many of our colleagues,” said Waheeda Faizi, a member of the committee.

“We never saw those who killed the reporters be prosecuted,” said Zabiullah Dorandish, journalist.

However, the Attorney General’ office says they are trying to address the journalist’s murder and violent cases.

“About 60 cases of violence against journalists that have filed with the Afghan Attorney General—all of them have been addressed; there is no case of violence against reporters that remains without investigation or result,” said Jamshid Rasouly, AGO spokesman.

According to statistics from the International Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), nearly a hundred reporters have lost their lives every year in the last twelve years, and ten percent of them were in Afghanistan. (TOLOnews)

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