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Worrying situation for female journalists in east

 

Jalalabad- August 25, 2018

The situation of the female journalists and media workers are worrying in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Security threats, lack of job safety and social challenges have been mentioned the reasons make female journalists tolerate the worsening situation, while many of them had been already forced to quit their jobs.

Noman Dost, head of the open media supporting organization (NAI) provincial office, said that terrorist attacks on government offices and other organizations have negatively affected female journalists and their jobs. He added that the ladies working for the media, still continue working with bravery despite security and other problems threatening their lives.

“Recently, the security condition has worsened very much, and this has put negative impact on the people’s ordinary lives. Particularly, this has hurt female journalists and they are rethinking about their personal and job condition and how to be safe when their work places come under attacks. But despite these problems, the female journalists and other media workers have not lost courage and they continue working,” said Dost.

A number of the media outlets runners are expressing unhappiness for the lack of access to information. They say that the government in charges had failed to provide journalists especially the ladies with safe and comfortable job opportunities. “The situation is not suitable, the male journalists cannot work comfortably, so what should we expect female ones to be comfort in work? The government is asked to ensure security for the media offices, so that journalists be confident of the safety in their offices,” said a media outlet runner.

Female reporters complain about lack of security and work safety in the media offices that they say make obstacles ahead of the journalist ladies.

Salgai Ehsas, news anchor for the Radio Killid in Nangarhar said: “From one hand the people’s negative beliefs about ladies’ work with the media outlets, and from other hand security problems have made us (female journalists) rethink how to escape safe in case our office comes under attack. Thinking about these things stops us thinking on our work.”

“We are under threats on daily basis and expect an incident every minute. Working for the media in such worrying situation requires big courage. Some groups openly threaten us, but our love to our job and also our economic situation encourage us to continue working,” said Hajar Morad, another female journalist who works as a freelance reporter.

The increasing insecurity and other social challenges have recently forced some female journalists leave their jobs for the media.

1,691 ladies are working in different parts of the media across the country, according to a research prepared by the Center for Protection of Afghan Woman Journalists in early March.

Reporting by: Malala Maiwnad

Editing by: Center for Protection of Afghan Woman Journalists

 

 

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