Journalist attacked in Afghanistan19 Aug, 2014
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate Afghanistan Independent Journalist Association (AIJA) strongly condemn an attack on journalist Halluadin Mohammadi in Ghor province on August 16.
According to reports, two unidentified gunmen on the motorcycles attacked Mohammadi, the director of National Radio Television of Afghanistan while he was on his way to the office. Mohammadi survived the attack although his car was damaged.
The IFJ and the AIJA call for thorough investigation in the case to punish the perpetrators.
The IFJ Asia Pacific Acting Director, Jane Worthington, said: “The attack on yet another journalist highlights the weak security situation for journalists in Afghanistan that already has seen killing of six journalists this year. We urge the government of Afghanistan to immediately launch an investigation into the case and punish the attackers.”
The IFJ added: “Afghanistan is a deadly place for journalists, and the impounding impunity has deteriorated journalist working conditions. Such attacks work to downgrade the morale of journalists, already working in harsh condition, and hamper professional journalism that is essential for democracy.”