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The year 2016 is considered the bloodiest year for journalists and media in the history of Afghanistan. In this year, 13 journalists were killed, a figure that is unprecedented in the history of journalism in Afghanistan. In spite of the fact that the threats are posed by a variety of groups including government officials, a shift in the conduct of Taliban vis-à-vis journalists and media is the main driver of the increase in the level of threats and deadly violence against journalists.
2016 has been the bloodiest year for journalists in the history of Afghanistan. Only in the first six months, ten journalists were murdered. In this reporting period, AJSC recorded a total of 54 incidents, which include murder, physical assault, detention, and intimidation.
This report reflects the findings of a survey performed by Afghan Journalists Safety Committee on the
status of female journalists and media workers in Afghanistan. The purpose of the report is to identify
the extensive challenges female journalists and media workers face and develop specific measures to
tackle those challenges subsequent to development of this report.
The current document presents the semiannual report by Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) reflecting journalists’ safety circumstances during the second six months of 2015.