Media Matters for Democracy stands in solidarity with Afghan journalism community and calls upon the Afghan authorities to bring to justice those involved in the attack on Afghan Journalists

ISLAMABAD, May 2018: MMfD offers its deepest condolences and stands in solidarity with Afghanistan’s journalism community, which lost some of its finest reporters, cameramen, and photographers in the attacks on Sunday, 29 April 2018. We also send our deepest condolences to the bereaved families of the journalists killed in the attacks in Kabul and Khost.

“Such attacks on journalists, especially those working in already dangerous conflict zones have become an unfortunate regularity across the world. It is extremely important that the global community stands together in solidarity and continues to exert pressure upon nations and governments to make sure that perpetrators of violence against journalists are brought to justice”, says Asad Baig, Executive Director, Media Matters for Democracy.

An Agence-France Presse (AFP) news story indicates that after the first suicide blast, a second one “deliberately targeted the group of journalists” gathered for covering the terrorist incident.

“We have seen the phenomena of the second bomb blast in Pakistan as well. In Balochistan, multiple journalists have died in terrorist attacks that occurred during coverage of an initial attack”, says Sadaf Khan, Director Programs, Media Matters for Democracy, “We express our deepest condolences for the loos of life and extend support to the Afghan journalist community who are performing their journalistic duties in such hostile environments”. 

We join the international press community in calling upon the Afghan government to accelerate its investigations into the attacks in Kabul and Khost. We urge the Afghan government and its law enforcement agencies to bring the terrorists behind these attacks to justice.