2016 was deadliest year ever for Afghan media: report

Staff Report

KABUL -- Thirteen journalists were killed in Afghanistan in 2016, the deadliest year ever for Afghan media, the Kabul-based Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) said, according to a Friday (January 20) Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) report.

"2017 could be worse," AJSC chairman Najib Sharifi said, according to RFE/RL.

The Taliban drastically stepped up attacks against media in late 2015, according to the AJSC.

President Ashraf Ghani is committed to a free press, a Ghani spokesman said.

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