1st half of 2017 sees sharp rise in violence against journalists in Afghanistan

Salaam Times

KABUL -- The number of attacks on journalists in Afghanistan in the first half of 2017 surged 35% compared to the same period last year, the Afghan Journalists' Safety Committee (AJSC), an independent watchdog, said in a report published Monday (July 24).

From January through June, authorities registered 73 cases of violence against journalists, according to the AJSC. Ten reporters were killed in that time period.

The Taliban and "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) militants were primarily responsible for the fatal attacks on media, the report said.

However 46% of the all incidents involved security forces and government-affiliated individuals, the committee said.

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