Culture of impunity still ruling: AFJC

KABUL: (MEP) – The government has not been serious in the cases of murderers of journalists as many of the suspects have been released from the jails, said the Afghanistan Journalists Centre (AFJC).

In an event marking the International Day to End Impunity in Kabul, the AFJC officials expressed that the government was still continuing the culture of impunity as dozens of journalists’ murder cases remained sealed.

AFJC head Ahmad Quraishi said during the past two decades, 39 journalists and media workers were killed across the country. 23 of them, he added, were killed in targeted attacks while 16 others lost their lives during explosions and armed clashes.

“Killing of journalists is the ultimate shape of censorship. Those who are involved in killing of journalists are free and the trend continues. And this has created the culture of impunity in Afghanistan,” Quraishi said, Ariana news reported.

Speaking at the event, head of NAI, a media supporting agency, said the journalists over the past decade had no life and career security.

He, Siddiqullah Tawhidi, asked the Presidential runners to show their clear policy of supporting journalists.

Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Journalists Centre announced launch of a 25-day campaign to fight and end the culture of impunity.

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