“The numbers are sobering: there were 191 incidents of violence, threats, intimidation, and insults against journalists from mid-March 2015 to mid-March 2016, compared to 103 incidents in the comparable period in 2014 to 2015,” states the report.
“The incidents included the killings of 10 journalists, the injuring of 22, and beatings of 24.” Khaama press reported.
The report links 43 percent of these incidents to elements of the military and other government officials while Taliban have been held accounted for 52 incidents and unidentified armed men for 34.
According to the report, victims of the security incidents include seven journalists from the entertainment channel Tolo TV and their production wing killed in a Taliban suicide attack on their minibus in Kabul on January 20.
The report further states that Afghan journalists have faced increasing intimidation and violence from both state and non-state figures in recent years.
Journalists are vulnerable to threats, intimidation, and violence, particularly in relation to reporting on sensitive issues – including corruption, land grabbing, violence against women, and human rights abuses.
Journalists working outside the country’s main cities are especially vulnerable to reprisals from powerful individuals and groups because they lack the protection provided by larger Afghan media organizations and international presence, the report states, adding that until both government and insurgent forces allow journalists to report without fear for their safety, Afghanistan’s fragile media freedom is at risk of becoming a casualty of the country’s long civil conflict.