Any Attack Against Media Is Considered War Crime

15. October 2015, 16:56

Taliban, in a recent statement, has categorized TOLO TV and 1TV as their enemy and military targets and issued death threats against all staff and threatened the two institutions and their facilities.

Afghan media, media activists, unions, and media support organizations consider the threat not limited to the two named TV channels, but a threat to all of Afghanistan’s media family and to the country’s press freedom – which is one of the key achievements of the past 14 years.

We believe the Afghan people expect the Afghan media not to bow to such threats and to continue on their mission of informing people based on journalism ethics and standards. We declare the Afghan media is committed to fulfilling their professional duties without succumbing to any threats.

Media organizations are not one of the warring sides, but civilian organizations. Whenever the Taliban or any other group has complaints, they can adopt peaceful means, because any attack on media and journalists is considered war crime.

We announce that in the event of such threats continuing or any journalists or media organizations harmed by the Taliban or any other group, we will resort to boycotting their news coverage as the first reaction. This will be followed by other measures by the media community to counter such atrocious attempts.

Afghan media community once again emphasizes its commitment to democratic values and professional journalistic ethics, primarily ensuring impartiality and balance in their publications.

We call on the Afghan government and relevant national and international organizations to provide the needed support so that journalists can do their professional work in a safe and secure environment.