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Director-General condemns the killing of two journalists in Kabul, Afghanistan

20 August 2018

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has condemned the deaths of two Afghan journalists, who were among at least 20 people reportedly killed in two successive suicide bombings, the second aimed at journalists and emergency services coming to the scene of the first attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on 5 September.

“I condemn these two bombings, which killed Tolo TV reporter Samim Faramarz and his cameraman Ramaz Ahmadi. This is strong reminder of the deadly risks Afghan journalists face daily, and an illustration of their great courage in continuing to do their jobs in such difficult and dangerous circumstances. I send my condolences to the families of all victims and to the people of Afghanistan and call on the authorities to investigate and bring to justice the perpetrators of this crime.”

At least 70 more people were wounded in the two blasts, including journalists working for Khorshid TV, TV1 and the Associated Press news agency.

UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and a range of actions, notably the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.

See also: UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.


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