8 Journalists Killed in 2014 in Afghanistan: NAI
Peace and Security
Monday, 17 August 2015
Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2015
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Reporting of 64 percent increase in the violence against journalists, a media supporting agency (NAI) called 2014 a deadliest year for reporters in Afghanistan.

In a press conference presenting the annual report of 2014, the NAI director Sediquallah Tawhidi told media that eight journalists were killed in 2014 in Afghanistan.

Tawhidi added these reporters were killed while on duty in the armed attacks and bombings by the insurgents.

"This year we had eight deaths including two foreigners of which one was killed in Kabul and the other one in a southern province," Tawhidi reported.

He added 80 cases of violence against journalists were also recorded in 2014, most of them conducted by the security forces.

Tawhidi asked the National Unity Government (NUG) leaders to fulfill the commitments of supporting media and freedom of expression they made during their election campaigns.

The report comes as recently, a journalist and cameraman for local Metra TV, Zubair Hatami, died of his wounds after being seriously injured in a suicide attack on a French cultural center in Kabul.

Earlier on 16 of this month, the Geneva-based Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) announced that 128 journalists had been killed around the world so far in 2014.

Based on PEC annual report, Gaza is leading the list of most dangerous countries for reporters. The report ranked Afghanistan in seventh dangerous country.

Earlier this year, Sardar Ahmad, a reporter for Agence France-Presse (AFP) was killed along with his wife and their two children in an armed attack on Serena hotel of Kabul.