European Union: “Targeting Journalists, Women & Violence in Afghanistan Must Stop”
The European Union (EU) has called for transparent and thorough investigations of all attacks and assassinations in Afghanistan.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_The European External Action Service in a press release on Wednesday night said the Taliban remain responsible for the majority of civilian casualties and targeted assassinations, either directly or by opposing a ceasefire.
“killing of three female media workers, Mursal Wahedi, Shahnaz Raofi and Sadya Sadat in Jalalabad, in atrocious, planned assassinations deprives three young individuals of their future, and their families, friends and colleagues of loved ones,” the press release said.
The three media workers were killed by unidentified gunmen in #Jalalabad on Tuesday in two separate but nearly simultaneous attacks and were buried on Wednesday, relatives confirmed.
EU stated that following the killing of #Malalai_Maiwand in December, these attacks further illustrate the vulnerable and dangerous situation that media workers, especially women, face.
“It also continues a worrying trend of systematic, #targeted_attacks and killings of journalists, human rights defenders, civil society representatives and civil servants, which cost the lives of 1,200 civilians in 2020, a 45% increase compared to 2019,” the press release reads.
“We mourn together with those affected and reiterate the European Union’s resolve to support media and the freedom of speech in Afghanistan,” EU added.