Ragging violence across Afghanistan has forced hundreds of journalists to flee and take refuge in relativley safer areas in the country.
On Monday, Nai, a leading press freedom organisation revealed that the journalist community has not been immune to this tragedy either. Sidiqullah Tawhidi, director media watch at Nai, said that as many as 200 working journalists had to flee their homes in Helmand and Kunduz.
Talking to a group of journalists in the capital Kabul, Tawhidi noted that they have registered at least 50 cases of violence against journalist this year so far. He dubbed the death of a local reporter in Zabul province on Sunday as a grim reminder of the state of affairs for media practitioners in Afghanistan.
Unknown gunmen shot dead Yaqoob Sharafat, reporter for the state-run Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) in Zabul on Sunday evening. No group of individual has claimed responsibility for the attack. Yaqoob is the second RTA reporter to lose his life in the line of duty. Earlier this year, militants killed Zubair Khaksar, an RTA journalist and writer, in the eastern Nangarhar province.
Nai and other rights groups have called upon the Afghan government to investigate these incidents and ensure safety of the journalist.