IFJ beseeches Afghan govt. to safeguard journalists' lives


KABUL: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Afghan Independent Journalists’ Association (AIJA) have condemned the death of a well-known journalist, Rahmatullah Nikzad, and called for swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice.
In a statement released by the IFJ on Tuesday, the organization’s general secretary, Anthony Bellanger, stressed journalists’ lives must be respected and defended. 
“Too often, journalists are the target, often between internal conflicts and the quest for power.”
IFJ implored the Afghan government to increase its efforts to ensure the safety of journalists. 
Meanwhile, AIJA also denounced Nikzad’s assassination as a crime against humanity. 
On the other hand, the Taliban spokesperson, Zabiullah Mujahid, also condemned the death of Nikzad and declared they were not involved in the shooting. 
According to Mujahid, Nikzad was a committed journalist and had “maintained good relations” with the group. “We consider this killing a loss for the country,” he said.
The Presidential Palace has also ordered a probe into Nekzad’s killing, asking security organs to punish the perpetrators. 
This is while IS (Daesh) claimed responsibility for the attack.
It’s pertinent to mention that journalists have become high-value targets currently as it’s the fifth journalist being killed over the past three months in various provinces of the country.