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Afghanistan Jumps to Top Position on RTI Rating

29 September 2018

In an exciting development, Afghanistan has replaced Mexico at the very top of the RTI Rating, with an impressive score of 139 points out of a possible 150, or 93%. Mexico is now in second place, with 136 points, followed by Serbia with 135 and Sri Lanka with 131. An updated version of the RTI Rating website was launched today, International Right to Know Day, with ratings for 123 countries, up from the 111 that were hosted on the old site.

The RTI Rating is a sophisticated methodology for assessing the strength of the legal framework for the right to information (RTI), developed by the Centre for Law and Democracy (Canada) and Access Info Europe (Spain). Every country which has adopted a national RTI law is ranked on the RTI Rating in due course.

It is tremendous that Afghanistan has passed such an incredibly strong RTI law,” said Toby Mendel, Executive Director of the Centre for Law and Democracy. “Although implementation is always a challenge, this law will at least give the country the tools it needs to ensure its citizens can access information from public authorities.”

Countries from the Global South dominate the top of the RTI Rating, with not a single Western country in the top 25. All but one of the countries in the top 25 positions adopted their laws since 2000, reflecting the fact that RTI laws are, on average, getting stronger and stronger as time goes on. Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 16.10.2 sets the adoption and implementation of an RTI law as a common standard of achievement for all States, which has given new impetus to the advancement of this human right. Source: Centre for Law and Democracy

 

Two Journalists among the victims of deadly Kabul double bombing

September 5, 2018

Kabul: Two journalists among at least 20 victims of a deadly double suicide bombing in Kabul on Wednesday September 5, at least four other journalists wounded in the attack.

Tolo News, Afghanistan’s largest private broadcaster said its reporter Samim Faramarz and cameraman Ramez Ahmadi lost their lives in an explosion in Kabul’s PD6 while covering an earlier bombing.

Three journalists from the Khurshid TV and one journalist from 1TV were wounded in the attack.

The first explosion happened at around 6pm Kabul time, targeting a wrestling gym in Qala-e-Nazer area in Kabul’s PD6, while the second explosion was a car bombing that according to officials left at least 20 people dead and more than 70 others wounded, Tolonews said

According to the ToloNews, Farmarz had been reporting live from the scene of the first explosion on the channel 6pm bulletin - just minutes before the explosion happened.

Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said 20 people lost their lives in the attack and more than 70 others were wounded. The attack has spurred an outpouring of grief among journalists, many of whom took to social media to post tributes to their colleague.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombings but sympathizers of the Islamic State (Daesh) claimed to have been behind April attack in Kabul which claimed lives of nine journalists.

Ahmad Quraishi, executive director of Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) condemned the attack, saying in “attack on media workers is an attack on freedom of speech and a crime against humanity.”

"This is a devastating loss, highlighting the heavy price the media is paying covering the war in Afghanistan.” Mr. Quraishi said.

Afghanistan is already proving to be one of the dangerous countries for journalists in the world.  15 journalists and media workers have been killed in Afghanistan in 2018.

Journalist among the victims of deadly Kabul suicide attack

August 17, 2018

Kabul: A young journalist from local Farhang News Agency is among at least 48 victims of deadly Kabul education center attack on Wednesday August 15,  the News agency has confirmed.

The suicide attack, claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, is the latest deadly assaults on the Afghan civilian in Kabul and has spurred an outpouring of grief among journalists, many of whom took to social media to post tributes to their colleague.

Kabul police said the suicide bomber walked into the building of “ Mowud”,  an education center in Dasht- Barchi area of Kabul city while teaching was under way, detonated his bomb belt and killed at least 48 teenagers and injured dozens others studying for university entrance exams.

Among the victims of the suicide bombing were twins Ataullah Rahimi Wasi and Farzana. Ataullah 18, was hired as report for the Farhang News Agency five months ago, Fariba Mortazawi, editor in- chief of Farhang News Agency told AFJC

Ahmad Quraishi, executive director of Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) condemned the attack, saying in “this attack is a brazen assault and there was no justification whatsoever for targeting civilians, they must never be the target of violence at any time, under any circumstances."

"This is a devastating loss and I send my sincere condolences to Ataullah’s family and friends and the Farhang News Agency team.” Mr. Quraishi said.

This bloody attack comes less than a week after the Taliban launched a surprise deadly attack in the city of Ghazni, 148km south of Kabul. The Taliban killed dozens including Mohammad Dawood, a media technician for the state-run broadcaster Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) and destroyed the antennas and burned down building housing of some private media outlets.

 

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