Monday, 06 December 2021 12:08 GMT

Afghanistan- ED: Dismal situation


(MENAFN- Afghanistan Times) Journalists around the globe are busy in collecting, writing or distributing news or other current information to the public, and also directly and indirectly to the government officials to resolve the issue if there is any problem. A journalist's work is called journalism. Journalism can be distinguished from other activities and products by certain identifiable characteristic and practices. Journalism is different from other forms of communications they are what make it indispensable to democratic societies. History revels that the more democratic a society, the more news and information it tends to have. But providing information is not an easy task—sometimes leads to the death of a reporter. Thought it is very sacred job, but in several cases, journalists either killed or wounded. They (journalist) have also gone through other sort of harassment due to facts-revealing. In Afghanistan, journalists are working under extremely difficult circumstance and routinely face violence, threats, and intimidation that prevent them from carrying out their work properly. While many incidents go unreported, Nai—supporting open media in Afghanistan collected hundreds of reports of such incident. Moreover, on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, Europe Union expressed its deep concern over high levels of violence against journalists in the country. According to Afghanistan Journalists Safety Committee first six months report of 2017, during this period a total of 73 cases of violence against journalists have been recorded with included 10 cases of murder. A shaking revealing which is not good for the Afghan reporters who are working hard to bring first hand reports to the public and also help the government through fact-findings aimed at resolving the problem in soonest time. 'Still Afghanistan is a dangerous place for journalists. About 1,000 journalists have been killed around the world this year, and Afghanistan has the second highest total,' SediqullahTawhidi, chairman journalist safety committee revealed, noting Syria was the worst. Surely, the government is thoroughly supporting freedom of speech and expression in the country. We all know that democracy cannot take root and flourish without public debate and without a strong and courageous media sector. Nothing this, it is necessary for the government to come up to the fore with more clear strategy to protect Afghan journalists, who are working with meager incomes. Recently Nai reported that more than 90 percent of Afghan mediamen and women are not receiving salary on due time. However, it has been more than a decade since the collapse of the Taliban regime, but Afghanistan continue to be unstable and journalists remain victims of violence. It is more dangerous to be a journalist today than it was yesterday. It is a sincere appeal to all parties involved in the conflict to respect journalists as they are simply doing their job and reflect ground realties without discrimination.

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