Editorial: Afghanistan must not become the new Yemen

Since 12 August, the International Federation of Journalists, many of its affiliates and other international organisations, have received thousands of distress messages, appeals for help on social networks, emails with attachments containing copies of journalists' passports and press cards. They all want to flee their country in search of a better life - or be helped to tackle rising poverty and joblessness.

Thanks to its global campaign launched in recent weeks, the IFJ has received many donations, mostly from its member unions and has ben able to provide some help. Unfortunately the need is still great both in Afghanistan and in neighbouring countries where several hundred evacuees have found refuge.

If the light of information is not to be extinguished in Afghanistan, as has been the case in Yemen, journalists who are independent of the authorities must be enabled to keep informing their fellow citizens and the rest of the world.

To help us in this difficult task and support Afghan colleagues, please make a donation to the Safety Fund here.

Share this link with your colleagues in your newsrooms, with your family and friends.

In solidarity

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