By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Addressing reporters on the occasion of fourth anniversary of the Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ), director of the center Farida Nekzad called insecurity, threats and targeted killings of journalists, the Coronavirus pandemic and ignoring of the rights of journalists especially women reporters as well as ignoring of freedom of expression in the peace negotiations as the serious challenges and concerns before journalistic activities of women in Afghanistan.
CPAWJ director said there were 100 cases of violence that included murder, beating up, disgrace, disrespect, threat, rape and the COVID-related joblessness problems women journalists have been facing since the beginning of the outgoing Persian Year, adding that her center could register 21 of these cases.
“10 out of the 21 cases of violence against women journalists were assessed by the CPAWJ and ministry of interior, five cases are under police investigation, while four other cases are about the journalists who have been shifted to the shelters,” she said.
She also added: “The pandemic-related lockdown from March to June 2020 in Afghanistan, caused more than 20 per cent of women journalists lose their jobs or being sent by their organizations to unpaid leave. Only a few of these journalists got the chance to go back to work, while some of the outlets failed to improve their broken financial condition when the quarantine was lifted.”
Farida Nekzad also said that 94 media organizations have remained adherent to implement the charter of prohibition of women journalists’ harassment.
“173 out of 325 national and local media outlets had signed the charter, but security and tradition problems as well as economic challenges are still big obstacles before the implementation of the charter,” she said Nekzad went on saying that the charter of harassment prohibition was made by the Center some three years ago with the aim of promotion of women’s positions with the cooperation of the Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF). “The charter is to support women journalists, meet their problems and complaints and reduce gender discrimination. It was shared with the media companies.” Meanwhile media representatives and advocate associations asked government to do more for security of women journalists and address the cases of violence against them.