Ghazni journalists say received life threats


GHAZNI: Journalists Safety Committee in southern Ghazni province say a number of journalists in the province have been threatened on phone by unidentified individuals.

The committee on Saturday said that Rahmatullah Nikzad, head of the Afghanistan National Journalists’ Union (ANJU) for Ghazni and Mohammad Jumma Hamdard, a reporter of Bayan Radio in the province, was threatened through phone calls by unknown people.

Meanwhile, unidentified men attacked the house of Farid Omari, director of Ghaznavian Radio with grenades and rifle fire in the capital of the province.

Omari said that he previously had received many threats on phone from thieves who he thought were also involved in the attack on his house.

Sediqullah Tawhidi, head of the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC), in a conference last Thursday said that the committee registered more than 80 cases of violence against journalists in 2020.

He said that one of the reasons for high-level violence against journalists was the impunity of those involved and poor response from relevant government organs to address these cases