Afghanistan: Number of female media workers drops 18% in 6 months

Kabul, Mar 8 (efe-epa).- The Afghan Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC) on Monday said the number of female media workers and journalists had decreased by 18% in the past six months due to the deteriorating security situation and financial problems suffered by the country’s media outlets during the pandemic.

According to the survey, between April and September 2020, some 1,678 women were working in Afghanistan’s media outlets but this figure has since dropped to 1,377.

In this period, 301 female media workers and journalists have left or lost their jobs mainly due to “security threats, especially recent targeted killings” and growing financial challenges posed by the Covid-19 outbreak, according to the survey.

The research was conducted in all of the country’s 34 provinces and involved the participation of 90% of active media outlets.The media watchdog said that in the past three months alone, four female anchors and journalists were killed in targeted attacks.

Wahida Faizi, a spokeswoman for the AJSC, told Efe: “All of these four women were working for the broadcaster Enikass Radio Television in eastern Nangarhar,” a conservative province where militants from both the Taliban and the Islamic State terror group are active.

Three of these anchors were killed on 2 March in two armed attacks in Jalalabad city, while the fourth one was killed in December 2020.“If the targeted killings and the current situation continue, I am sure the number of female media employees will decrease further,” Faizi told Efe.

The attack spread fear particularly among the female media professionals in Nangarhar province.

Jawid Razmand, a reporter with Enikass Radio Television, told Efe that all female employees had been sent home until the situation could be reviewed.

Out of 1,377 women currently working in the media, 321 of them are journalists and the rest are working in various media departments.EFE-EPA


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