26 Nov. 19
Kabul: Afghanistan Journalists Centre (AFJC) released the Persian/Dari and Pashto-languages educational books, Journalists Security Guide and Security Policy Guide for Media Organizations in Afghanistan. This is part of AFJC’s broader program that is aimed at uplifting the Afghan journalists’ level of security awareness as well as that of media organizations across the country.
Alongside free distribution of the books, AFJC also provides educational workshops for safety and security of journalists across Afghanistan.
“In a war-torn country like Afghanistan it is crucial for journalists to have the basic knowledge of security situation and how to deal with it if caught in a fight. Provision of these books will enrich the security knowledge of journalists and will help them better handle hostile environment situations,” said, Zabihullah Noori, deputy director of Afghanistan Journalists Centre.
According to Noori, AFJC is committed to safeguarding journalists and defending their rights. “Journalists safety is our primary goal and we are providing free training to journalists in eight zones that will cover the entire country. In addition to having training program for journalists in the capital, Kabul, our training programs will also be held in North, Northeast, South, Southeast, West, East and Central zone covering the journalists and media organization across the country,” Noori added.
The training has already started and will run through February 2020.
Based on AFJC data, more than a thousand cases of abuse, threats, and physical violence have been recorded between 2001 and 2019. A total of 109 journalists and media personnel have been killed in the country, while two Afghan journalists lost their lives in Pakistan.
According to AFJC’s findings, with the impunity culture in place, the crimes against journalists not only continued, but have also increased dramatically. AFJC therefore, is holding workshops and consultation meetings with various other groups in the society like religious scholars, local influential figures, civil society representatives and the local administration and security officials to raise awareness about the role journalists play in informing the public and covering day to day events. These other groups are expected to relay the messages in their communities in order to gain support for journalists’ activities and mitigate the security risks for them.