Afghan media community’s concerns have grown up than ever after Taliban’s warnings based on targeting media and journalists. Recently, a list of media outlets has been shared throughout social networks as if the Taliban have intended to attack them.
In such a situation, Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan once again asks the government to pay close attention towards security and safety of media and journalists and ensure that supports freedom of speech and media.
Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar, Nai Managing Director says; “The government should ensure media community at the earliest opportunity, on the basis of their legal responsibility, take required measures regarding the safety of media and journalists and won’t let freedom of speech to be harmed.”
At the meantime, Nai asks the United States’ Special Representative for Afghanistan’s Peace Affairs, Zalmai Khalilzad, to consider freedom of speech, freedom of media as red line of Afghan people during the new round of US-Taliban peace talks that was held on Saturday, 22, June 2019.
Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar says: “Media Community asks that freedom of speech and free media performances should be recognized and considered as non-negotiable value of Afghan people.”
It is worth mentioning that Taliban had warned all media outlets by issuing a statement on 24th June 2019 and they had a week deadline in case of any disobedience to their appeal, media outlets would be attacked as the military target.