Vi­o­lence against Afghan jour­nal­ists sees surge

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

KABUL: At least 10 jour­nal­ists were killed in Afghanistan in the first half of 2017, a 35 per­cent surge from last year, a me­dia watch­dog said yes­ter­day, with ram­pant vi­o­lence on the rise in the war-torn coun­try. Tale­ban mil­i­tants and the Is­lamic State group were be­hind most of the “di­rect and in­di­rect” at­tacks on me­dia work­ers in Afghanistan, the Afghan Jour­nal­ists’ Safety Com­mit­tee (AJSC) said in a new re­port. The Afghan gov­ern­ment ac­counted for 46 per­cent of vi­o­lence against jour­nal­ists in the first half of the year, lim­it­ing ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion and cre­at­ing chal­leng­ing con­di­tions for the me­dia, he added.

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