Afghanistan Enmeshed in Human Rights Crisis as over 30 Cases of Attack on Journalists Recorded

Afghanistan Enmeshed in Human Rights Crisis as over 30 Cases of Attack on Journalists Recorded

  • Journalists in Afghanistan have raised concern over attacks and cases of violence on media workers in the country
  • According to the journalists' body's head, Masroor Lufti, over 30 cases of violence against journalists have been recorded since the Taliban takeover
  • Afghanistan has been facing human rights crisis since President Joe Biden withdrew the US troop from the country after 20 years

With the Taliban now in the helms of government affairs after the withdrawal of the US troops by President Joe Biden, cases of violence are being recorded in Afghanistan against the reporters under the new dispensation.

Masroor Lufti, the head of Afghanistan's National Journalists Union (NJU), made this known to the press, adding that at least 30 cases of violence against the pressmen were discovered after a survey by the body, Aljazeera reports.

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Taliban takeover: Fear as 30 Cases of Attack on Journalists Recorded in Afghanistan
Cases of violence have been recorded against journalists in Afghanistan. Credit: Karim Jaafar
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Violence involves physical assault and verbal threats

Lufti said the "90%" of the attacks on the country's journalists part of which involved the physical beating and verbal threats were carried out by the Taliban.

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He further briefed the media that other cases were carried out by people yet unknown. The journalists' body's leader called for protection for media men, Aninews reports.

The head of the journalists' body also sought the support of international organisations and maintained that pressmen must have access to the information.

Since the withdrawal of the US forces in late August, three journalists including Sadat have been killed in Afghanistan.

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Their welfare became a source of concern to many after the Taliban took over the capital city in Kabul - a development that troubled the heart of many.

Shabnam Mobarez, captain of the team, who is based in the United States also made a call to the world football body, FIFA, to come to the aid of her teammates.

Afghanistan–Pakistan border barrier

Meanwhile, Pakistan has been advised to allow more Afghan refugees into its domain.

A US senior State Department official gave this admonition while briefing journalists on the new US refugee admission programme for fleeing Afghans.

The US official said in a situation like the current happenings, it is important that Pakistan let its border remain open to more refugees.


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