Media’s situation gets fragile and critical day by day. We witnessed media correspondent’s assassination, closure of a local radio and resignation of two journalists due to Taliban’s threats during the last week.
Although in the first six months of the current year, we witnessed that violence against journalists had been reduced in comparison to the first six months of 2018 but Taliban’s threat made on 24th June 2019 has altered the situation.
As result of a suicide attack over a unit of Defense Ministry in district 16th of Kabul, an employee of Shamshaad TV was killed and seven others were wounded up. Abdul Rauf Emalzai, security guard at Shamshaad TV was killed during clash of suicide attackers with security forces.
Moreover, Nadir Shah Sahibzada, social programs’ presenter at Gardiz Ghag local Radio was assassinated by unknown armed men.
Nadir Shah was kidnapped on Friday, 12th July 2019 and security forces have found his death body on Saturday early in the morning in Bagh-e-Peer area of Gardiz city. He was brutally killed and his eyes were taken out. Sahibzada is the seventh victim of media community in Afghanistan in 2019.
Threats and warnings from Taliban caused two employees of a local radio station in Urozgan province to resign.
A local radio station in Ghazni province was forced to stop its broadcasting after the threats allegedly received from Taliban. Sama Radio in Ghazni Province stopped its broadcasting right after Taliban’s threat, according to Sama Radio Manager; they have received threats and warnings from Taliban.
The current situation has increased the concerns of media community. Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan asks the government to mark media and journalists’ safety and security as their top list priorities.
Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar, Nai Managing Director says: “Right after Taliban’s threats we witnessed two media correspondents’ assassination and closure of a radio and it has increased our concerns regarding media and journalists’ safety and security. It is critical situation for media and has caused concern that any group can make violence and brutality to media and relates it all to Taliban at the end of the day.”
Nai once more emphasizes that Afghan Government is obligated to mark Media and journalists’ safety and security as their top list priorities so that the current requirements be fulfilled, otherwise any kind of consequences can be related to the government.