The AIJA reported that journalist Juhad Hamidi, a presenter of the Jahan Television, was among those killed though it is not clear if he was reporting or also among those trying to evacuate.
Due to the increased panic and desperation amongst Afghanistan’s media community as the deadline looms for the US evacuation on August 31, thousands of Afghani media workers have pleaded for evacuation from the country, fearing the repercussions of their reporting.
The IFJ and its affiliates have logged more than 2,000 requests for assistance from media workers trying to flee the country.
IFJ general secretary, Anthony Bellanger, said: “The International Federation of Journalist (IFJ) expresses condolence to the family members of journalists Ali Reza Ahmadi and Zuhal Hamidi. The IFJ expresses grave concern to the security of both local and international journalists in Afghanistan at this critical juncture and is coordinating with partners and governments to do all it can to evacuate journalists most at risk.”
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