Afghanistan deadliest place to be a journalist

Afghanistan was the world’s deadliest place for journalists in 2018, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Tuesday.

According to RSF, at least 63 journalists around the world were killed doing their jobs in 2018, with Afghanistan being the deadliest place for journalists worldwide.

The organization reported that violence against reporters rose 15 percent compared to 2017.

“The hatred of journalists that is voiced … by unscrupulous politicians, religious leaders and businessmen has tragic consequences on the ground, and has been reflected in this disturbing increase in violations against journalists,” RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire said in a statement.

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CE Abdullah: Gov’t will take new measures for safety of journalists

The government will take new measures for preventing militant attacks and safety of journalists in the country, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said on Thursday at a funeral ceremony of 10 journalists killed in multiple attacks this week.

At the ceremony, the parents and families of the victims criticized the government over failure to maintain security of the journalists.

However, Abdullah said that the government is probing the recent suicide attacks that targeted journalists in the capital Kabul, adding that the government will take new measures for preventing such kind of attacks and ensuring safety of journalists in the country.

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