Journalists, Media Workers Should Not Be Targeted: Amnesty International
Amnesty International has described the attack on journalists in Afghanistan a war crime and called on the Afghan government to investigate threats against their community. This comes a day after Elyas Dayee, a Radio Azadi reporter, was killed in a magnetic IED blast in the southern province of Helmand. “The killing of Elyas Dayee, a reporter for Azadi Radio, is a war crime. Journalists, media workers, and human rights defenders should never be targeted and must be allowed to carry out their work freely and without fear,” Amnesty International said. “The Afghan authorities must make every effort to protect human rights defenders and journalists. These attacks must be investigated, and the perpetrators brought to justice,” Amnesty International said.
Although, the Taliban has not reacted to the attack of Dayee, but recently Dayee had said that he had been threatened against covering the Taliban’s attacks. According to Amnesty International, the Taliban has been using IEDs to target civilians, which is a war crime.
“They must investigate all cases of threats and violence that have occurred against the journalists and human rights activists,” said Zaman Sultani, a researcher of Amnesty International.