Journalists impartial; should be protected

Journalists are not safe in Afghanistan, as the government armed oppositions want to win more privilege from the peace talks another round is expected to begin soon in a month.
U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan peace negotiations, Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad has said that another round of peace talks directly with the Taliban representatives are expected to be held within a month.
However, he didn’t mentioned the exact time and place, but added that the next process is expected to be more prolific than the last one welcomed nationally and internationally.
The country’s president has also said the people of Afghanistan want peace, but the responsibility of violence and war returns to the government armed oppositions, chiefly the Taliban group who are in direct fight with the legal system.
But the main victims of the continued war and violence are civilians, including journalists who are dedicated to do their responsibility in reflecting the truth.
During the first six months of this year, according to the Afghanistan Journalist Safety Committee, up to 45 incidents of violence against journalists have taken place across the country.
The organization has voiced its concern over the incident and said pro-government forces, in some extent, are also involved in some incidents of anti-journalist violations.
The Taliban group has clearly announced they would target journalists who, according to the group, were ignoring their interests in their publications.
No journalist has so far been witnessed to be acting partially or doing something biased and in the interests of the government.
Not only the Taliban group and other anti-government outfits, but also the government forces, during their war activities should abide by the law and do what is required for the safety and protection of journalists, who are impartially doing their jobs.
The security organs that are the main executive body of the law, under the wise leadership and successful policy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, should avoid anti-journalist law violence and should do their best to protect civilians, particularly journalists who are duty-bound to perform their responsibility in reflecting the truths.
The country’s president has time and again said he was the key supporter of media and freedom of expression and is committed to do so and protect media and journalists activity all over the country.
So, both the Taliban and the security organs and all pros and cons should shun violence against journalists.

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