A number of journalists in Herat province reported to Nai’s Media Watch that they faced abusive behavior of protesters during a protest rally.
Hundreds of people got together in front of governor office due to Jafar Tawakoli’s assassination who was one of the Islamic scholars in Herat province and asked to identify perpetrators of Jafar Tawakoli’s assassination and introduce them to judiciary system.
Journalists went to cover the protest rally but protesters humiliated them and accused them of espionage.
Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan asks Afghan government, especially security forces to pay close attention to ward security of journalists during civil marches.
Abdul Mujeeb khalvatgar, Managing Director of Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan says: “Its journalists and media’s duty to cover the civil marches and raise protesters voice to the government but it is government’s responsibility to protect and provide security to journalists during civil marches thus it should be paid close attention on the basis of law.”
Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan asks citizens of the country, too, to value journalists’ performances during protests that have impartial responsibility in providing information and regard them separately from any political segments and treat them with impartiality.