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AGO Registers 679 Cases of Murder, Violence Against Journalists Since 2001

(Last Updated On: May 1, 2017)

CaptureAttorney General Office (AGO) has registered 679 cases of murder and violence against journalists since establishment of temporary government led by former President Hamid Karzai in December 2001.

Afghanistan has been one of the most dangerous countries for journalists. Since the collapse of the Taliban in 2001, the ongoing war and violence in the country have taken lives of at least 60 journalists.

The Attorney General Office Spokesman, Jamshid Rasooli said: “So far we have registered 679 cases of journalists including 46 murder cases, 22 cases of beating and 84 cases of illegal detention.”

AGO said they are attempting to reduce the level of violence against journalists; however, the journalists and media support organization said the government should seriously pursue the cases of violence against journalists.

Chief Executive of NAI organization, Mujib Khelwatgar said: “60 murder cases of journalists have been recorded at NAI office since 2001.”

Freedom of expression has been considered the only major achievement of the government since fall of the Taliban regime, but the high numbers of violence against journalists have always been a serious threat for journalism activities in Afghanistan.

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