May 03, 2018
Government officials, journalists and the families of 11 journalists who were martyred in recent attacks in Kabul, Khost and Kandahar, held mourning in the state-run National Radio and Television hall.
Chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah expressed condolences to the families of the martyr journalists and said that such incidents take place despite the commitments and promises from the government to save the lives of reporters. He called freedom of speech as a big achievement in the country for which the media family has given many sacrifices.
Abdullah said that while journalists in other countries mark the Media International Day with joy and happiness, Afghan journalists and people marks this as a day of mourning for their lost colleagues.
Information and Culture Minister, Mohammad Rasoul Bawari, promised that the ministry would help and assist the families of martyr journalists as much as it is able to.
Bawari added that the enemies use different ways to kill the people of Afghanistan, urging that different ways are needed to counter and foil enemies’ plots.
Shafiqa Habibi, head of female journalists’ union, said that the enemy tries to silence freedom of speech by targeting journalists. “But they will not reach their goal.”
She asked the government’s joint media commission to make steps to prevent attacks on journalists.
Ashraf Rasouli, spoke on behalf of the families of martyr journalists and appreciated for marking mourning ceremonies to commemorate the heroes of freedom of speech. “The government has failed to provide security. This is not my personal view, but it is a public view. Government’s failure creates further rift to the people. Security is the most important need in a human society and everybody has the right of living safe and secure,” he said.
Rasouli also called freedom of speech as the basic right of every citizen, saying the tongue that explains freedom should not be cut.
Bari Salam, a journalist spoke on behalf of other journalists, saying that the terrorists are not respecting any human principles and they frequently target civilians like women, children and journalists by organized attacks.
He called on journalists not to become the tool of enemy’s activities, they should continue reporting with full impartiality.
Reporting by: Beheshta Ayoubi
Editing by: Center for Protection of Afghan Woman Journalists