ICPFJ has been monitoring journalist safety and the behavior of the Independent Elections Commission and security officials with journalists since the start of the voting process in today’s elections. Fortunately, few incidents of violence against journalists took place today which ICPFJ owes to enhanced coordination between journalists and security forces and media community’s relentless efforts to advocate for better safety of journalists during the election.
ICPFJ has recorded two incidents of violence so far. In the first incident, a journalist was kidnapped by a candidate in Kapisa province while he was filming the irregularities in the polling station. In the second incident, one of the candidates intimidated a journalist because of documenting fraud that was being committed by supporters of a candidate.
“Despite our deep concerns about the safety of journalists during the election day, we are very pleased to see that there were few incidents of violence against journalists. We admire the efforts and collaboration of the security forces as well as the election workers, including the candidates and their supporters for collaborating with journalists so that they can cover the election day and convey the facts to the public”, said Najib Sharifi, Director of AJSC.
ICPFJ will continue monitoring the situation in the ensuing days to ensure journalist safety as well as collaboration of all stakeholders with the media community.
ICPFJ is a strong advocate for the freedom of expression and works actively against biased journalism. The center is also committed to its mission against extremism and is part of the fight against oppressive or tyrannical regimes running the affairs of countries.
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INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR THE PROTECTION AND FREEDOM OF JOURNALISTS