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Bloody year for journalists in Afghanistan

At least 17 journalists were killed and over 100 cases of violence reported against media persons in Afghanistan in 2018, one of the bloodiest years for the press in the war-torn country, a media watchdog said on Thursday.
Jan 11, 2019
KABUL: At least 17 journalists were killed and over 100 cases of violence reported against media persons in Afghanistan in 2018, one of the bloodiest years for the press in the war-torn country, a media watchdog said on Thursday.
 
The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee in its annual report released in Kabul said the number of slain journalists was fewer than in 2017 when 20 deaths marked the deadliest year for media persons since the non-profit started tracking these incidents in 2013.
 
It said 15 journalists were injured last year and 121 cases of physical violence and intimidation were reported, including illegal detention, threats and insults.
 
Of the 121 cases, 41 percent were carried out by the Taliban and the Islamic State militant groups, 27 percent by people related to the government, 5 percent by owners of media outlets and the rest by unidentified people.

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