EU Pledges Continued Support to Free Press in Afghanistan

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KABUL: On World Press Freedom Day, the European Union on Monday said that journalists should be protected and the campaign of violence against media professionals should be ended.
“Those who commit acts of violence and murder against employees in the sector must be brought to justice,” the EU delegation said in a statement. 
The EU mission in Afghanistan said that journalists and media workers, particularly female workers were vulnerable and immunity for such violations remained a serious challenge.
“Afghanistan’s free and independent media sector has been hard-won. Many Afghans have sacrificed their time, their energy, their money, and for some, their lives to build this crucial public good. We pledge our continued support in defense of a free and independent Afghan media. It must be defended,” the source said.
The statement also added that Afghanistan’s “vibrant media industry is one of the country’s biggest success stories of the last two decades.”
A free and independent media and a robust media system are critical components of an egalitarian and representative Afghanistan, the source said. 
“As Afghanistan’s international friends and partners, we reaffirm our commitment to stand by its journalists and the media sector. We continue to support Afghan journalists, to stand up for their rights, and to oppose undue restrictions on their work,” the statement concluded.