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Deliberately targeting journalists, a war crime

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Deliberately targeting journalists, a war crime
 Media of today is playing an outstanding role in creating and shaping of public opinion and strengthening of society. Media is the sword arm of democracy and acts as watchdog to protect public interest against malpractice and create public awareness. 
Media and journalists in Afghanistan have been performing a very important role. They are the ones who can provide timely information to the people of the country and at the same time shape public opinion against extremism and terrorism and make the people ready for a democratic system that can ensure peace, prosperity and development. However, they face serious problems while performing their duties, including deliberately attacks of the insurgents, that have martyred dozens of our journalists across the country.
Yesterday morning, several journalists martyred in a suicide attack as a bomber disguised as a fellow cameraman detonated a second bomb at the site of an earlier explosion.According to government officials, at least 29 people, including nine journalists, reportedly martyred in the two explosions on in the capital Kabul.
The first blast took place at around at 8 a.m. local time in the Shashdarak area of the city, where government buildings are located, prompting journalists to rush to the scene.The second explosion came as the attacker, posing as a cameraman, detonated explosives as journalists huddled around the scene.
Designating media men as legitimate military targets is indicating a shift in insurgent’s approach to the freedom of expressions and the activities of the free press in Afghanistan. Pursuing more aggressive militant campaigns on the ground, the militants aim to further boost the group’s propaganda machine along with its military offensive. However, the free and independent press in the country is viewed by the militants as the biggest hurdle against their war propagandas. 
The Taliban have been pressurizing Afghan journalists to include the group’s media wing as the source of their reporting from of the situation and the casualties on the ground. This is while the Taliban media outlets are never reliable sources for news as they grossly exaggerate the events on the ground for Taliban victories. 
Meanwhile, after the establishment of the National Unity Government, the NUG leaders has made tremendous efforts to remove barriers and restrictions facing Afghan journalists and has taken major steps to support and protect open media in Afghanistan. The government has signed and put into action the Access to Information Law, approved the regulation to establish private media, ordered to develop the regulation on safety and security of Afghan journalists and private media, and ordered the investigation of cases of murder and mistreatment of Afghan journalists.
But to overshadow the government’s efforts for a free press in Afghanistan, Taliban, Daesh and other militants trying to deliberately target media men, aiming to show they are no longer safe while covering the incidents. But they don’t know that through carrying out such acts, they only reveal their ugly faces to the people and journalists of the country and such acts won’t prevent their efforts for delivering the truths to the people.
Journalists are dedicated to protecting freedom of press, but at the sometime, security organizations should also come up to the fore in protection of journalists. Without doubt, there is commitment to protect journalists, but more effort should be done to safeguard them. Journalists and their rights must be secured.
To succeed in every front, the government must give a full hear to the voice of media outlets and spare no efforts, as it has done so far, to protect the journalists, in particularwhile they are covering the incidents.