Press Release on the Commemoration of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

2. November 2023, 13:56

Kabul, Afghanistan

The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) joins the national and international media support and other organizations in commemorating the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

In December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists in General Assembly Resolution 68/163.

As journalists have a vital role in reporting facts to the members of society and creating a just and accountable society, impunity for crimes against journalists has a destructive effect on the citizens’ awareness and hinders constructive dialogue.

During the past year, the country has witnessed many cases of violence against journalists, the perpetrators of which were neither identified nor prosecuted. The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) believes that addressing cases of violence against journalists and prosecuting the perpetrators can reduce violence against journalists and allow journalists to continue their work in a safer environment.

AJSC urges the caretaker government to put in place necessary measures regarding media and journalists’ safety, and calls on the government to address all journalists and media related cases in accordance with the provisions of the Mass Media Law.

AJSC has been continuously working to facilitate a safe environment for journalists and media workers across the country.