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A purported recording of an encounter between members of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s security detail and a journalist is a troubling reminder of the fragility of the country’s hard-won media freedom.
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani attends Afghan Independence Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 18, 2016.
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Journalism is an increasingly deadly profession in Afghanistan.
 That is the chilling message from the Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC), based on statistics it released this week documenting attacks against the media over the past year.
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A cameraman films a news anchor at Tolo TV studio in Kabul, Afghanistan on October 18, 2015.
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani issued a presidential decree this week reaffirming the government’s commitment to freedom of expression and protection of media workers. The decree commits the government to expedite investigations of journalists killed since…
Afghan policemen and fire-fighters inspect the wreckage of a minibus in Kabul targeted in a suicide attack that killed seven journalists affiliated with Tolo TV, January 20, 2016.
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(New York) ­– Anti-government insurgency groups should immediately stop intentionally targeting civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. The January 20 suicide attack on a minibus in Kabul transporting journalists affiliated with Tolo TV, Afghanistan’s…
A cameraman films a news anchor at Tolo TV studio in Kabul, Afghanistan on October 18, 2015.
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Tens of thousands of Afghans have swelled the ranks of those seeking refuge in Europe this year. Second only to Syrians, Afghans represent the next largest group – 13 percent – of those making the journey so far in 2015.  
 
 This is because, for…
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Qasim Muzafari of the Bidar Daily newspaper in Balkh province and Jamshid Hakak of Asia TV in Herat have both experienced the sometimes deadly occupational hazards of Afghan journalism. On August 26 unidentified attackers stabbed Muzafari, who is…
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 “Stop Reporting or We’ll Kill Your Family”
 
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(Kabul) – Violence and threats against Afghanistan’s journalists by the government and security forces are increasing, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. These attacks put at risk the gains in media freedom in Afghanistan since 2001. The…
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Violence and threats against Afghanistan’s journalists by the government and security forces are increasing. These attacks put at risk the gains in media freedom in Afghanistan since 2001. The failure to protect journalistic freedom has emboldened those…
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The Associated Press (AP) photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus has become the latest victim of violence targeted at media in Afghanistan. Niedringhaus was shot dead on April 4 in eastern Afghanistan’s Khost province while covering preparations for the…
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(New York) – The Afghan government should withdraw a draft media law that would expand government control over the media and chill free speech. The draft law raises serious questions about the Afghan government's commitment to freedom of expression.The…
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Honduran authorities should take concrete steps to end impunity for abuses committed after the country's 2009 coup, and to curb ongoing attacks against journalists, human rights defenders, and political activists, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
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(Washington DC) - Six months after President Porfirio Lobo took office, Honduras has made little progress toward addressing the serious human rights abuses since the 2009 coup, Human Rights Watch said today. Threats and attacks against journalists and the…