Journalists in Nangarhar

Female journalists forced to stay at home as target killing intensifies

Female media workers who were working for Enikass, a local TV channel in Jalalabad, have found themselves compelled to stay at home as targeted violence against journalists continue to claim lives in this capital city.

Talking to the media, Zalmay Latifi, director of Enikass TV, said that six male employees of the TV have also resigned. The Head of the news department and his deputy are among those who have resigned.

Jawid Razmand, deputy head of the news department of Enikass TV, told Kabul Now that he and his colleagues have resigned as security threats against them are high. He said that around ten of his colleagues wanted to resign but the resignations of six of them were approved.

Since December 10, a total of three female journalists working with Enikass TV have been assassinated in target killings.

No group has claimed responsibility for these attacks.

Sher Shah Hamdard, director of the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee in eastern Afghanistan, told Kabul Now that Nangarhar governor, Ziaulhaq Amarkhel, has convinced these journalists to resist. The local administration has promised to ensure their security.

Violence against journalists has increased in the province and during this year six cases of violence against journalists have been registered in the province.

Another journalist, Abdulhaq Omari, blames the local administration for inaction.

Afghanistan has seen a dramatic increase in targeted violence against journalists ever since the intra-Afghan peace talks started in Doha in September 2020. At least 14 journalists have been killed in recent target killings across the country.