Saturday, November 2nd is the International Day of ending impunity for crimes against journalists. According to the annual report of the International Center for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ), Afghanistan is ranked sixth in the list of countries in the world in terms of legal non- compliance of perpetrators.
Nai believes, hence focusing on the current culture and traditionalism of society, unfortunately impunity is bold in Afghanistan. Nai thinks that for the sake of ending impunity, penalizing perpetrators of violence against journalists and media, who themselves are at different levels of government, can be much more effective.
Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar, Nai Managing Director said: “In the recent years, there have been attempts by the government to track down cases of violence against journalists but if we see among 115 journalists and media correspondents who had been assassinated in the last 17 years, only 5% of the cases have been followed up. It determines that impunity for crimes against journalists has been raised up and remained the same yet. One of the affective ways of ending impunity for crimes against journalists is penalization of perpetrators of violence made by the governmental officials.”
Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan asks the government, if there is any willing in the government to support freedom of speech, this willing has to be demonstrated by beginning the penalization of government officials who were perpetrators of violence against media and journalists.
Furthermore, Nai asks for the judicial authorities and procedures in the country to simplify the process of follow up of cases of violence against journalists so that it shouldn’t be too irritating and victims may not call it off due to taking much time and being extremely difficult to be followed up.