Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has expressed concerns over increase in targeted and mysterious killings of journalists and women’s rights activists in the country and held an online meeting with the country’s media officials and journalists.
Sayed Mohammad Sameh, Head of AIHRC in the north, said the purpose of the meeting was to gather opinions of journalists and media activists, adding that security issues and increase in targeted assassinations of media and civil activists were discussed in presence of Shahrzad Akbar, Head of AIHRC in the country.
According to him, Afghan Human Rights Commission has collected the views and wants to put serious pressure on the government and the international community to ensure human rights safety.
In the meantime, journalists in Balkh state there has been an unprecedented surge in targeted and mysterious killings of Afghan journalists in the past two months.
They accuse the government of recklessness, adding that the government’s failure to investigate murders of correspondents and impunity for perpetrators has negatively affected their morale and could eventually force them to leave their jobs.
However, according to Journalists Committee in North, government has not supported reporters properly and its claims of care have been symbolic. Officials in the committee believe that some women journalists have already left their jobs in media while others are continuing with a lot of fear.
Reporter: Mahnaz Mowzon