Afghan Journalists must be Saved

Afghan Journalists must be Saved
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28/08/2021, by , in Home Slider

The open letter of Afghan journalists: We don’t have immunity, international institutions should take action for our exit.

Information of the day: A number of vulnerable Afghan journalists have expressed concern for the safety of themselves and their families in an open letter to the United Nations, the international community, human rights advocacy institutions and journalist support organizations. In this letter, the recalled institutions are asked to find a way to evacuate vulnerable journalists before the exit process ends. In this letter, it is warned that if there is no action to evacuate vulnerable journalists, they will testify to increasing violence against journalists and their families: ′′ In this critical level, we want the world to take practical action to protect instead of observing. Do it for the lives of journalists and their families.”

In part of this letter, it says that the exit and rescue process of journalists was not clear according to the performance of the media mafia and should be clarified.

According to this letter, a number of female reporters have been unemployed with the explicit order of Taliban and the dominant percentage of media has rejected the reporters with a conservative approach.

Vulnerable journalists added in this letter that access to information is completely limited and some journalists have been beaten by Taliban while on duty.

The letter says: ′′ In some cases, Taliban have started door-to-door efforts and are looking for free journalists. Even that many journalists are now hiding in unknown parts to protect themselves.”

About SAWM Team

South Asian Women in Media (SAWM) is a network of women media professionals in South Asia. SAWM works for freedom of press, increased participation of women in the media, a gender-sensitive work environment and a gender-equal outlook in the media. Launched in April 2008, SAWM’s central secretariat is in Lahore, Pakistan and the association has country chapters in eight members of SAARC. SAWM helps women working in media to network across borders, and with international rights organizations, to assert their rights and defend their interests.