Afghanistan

US Embassy in Kabul calls on Govt to defend press freedom, protect journalists

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: The US embassy in Kabul has expressed sincere condolences to the friends, families and colleagues of the three female media workers who have been assassinated in Nangarhar province on Tuesday.

“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 coordinated attacks.

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