The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) extends its full
support to the campaign of protests organised by the Afghan Independent
Journalists’ Association (AIJA) to demand justice for two journalists murdered
within a day of each other last week.
In the first of these, Jawed Ahmad, also known as Jo Jo, was driving in
the southern Afghan city of Kandahar
on March 10 when he was shot dead by unknown men in a vehicle that had pulled
up alongside his car. Ahmad had spent 11 months in United
States military detention in the Bagram airbase near Kabul and was released
only six months ago.
The second involved the shooting of Munir Ahmad Amil, a journalist in the
news division of Emroz TV, at an army checkpoint in Kabul on March 11.
The AIJA, and IFJ affiliate, is also concerned for the safety of another
journalist, Ghulam Mohammad Masoomi, based in Kandahar. A journalist with Tolo TV and
contributor to numerous print publications, Masoomi has reportedly received
death threats from unknown sources.
“The IFJ fully supports the AIJA and the broader media community in the
effort to ensure that media personnel in Afghanistan enjoy a safe and secure
working environment,” said Jacqueline Park, IFJ Director for the Asia-Pacific.
“We believe this is especially important this year since Afghanistan
will shortly enter a cycle of elections in which the future of its democratic
transition will be determined.”
For further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific
on +612 9333 0919
The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 120 countries