Afghanistan: Solidarity with the Afghan media community

Afghanistan: Solidarity with the Afghan media community - Protection

A group of young boys sit on the floor in an orphanage's bare room and watch television.

In response to the attacks of January 20th on Tolo TV, in which 8 people have been killed and 30 others injured, we stand in solidarity with the Afghan media community. 

We condemn this and all other attacks on Afghanistan’s journalists, and unreservedly and applaud their courage to stand together undeterred by those who seek to silence them. We want to tell our colleagues throughout Afghanistan that they are not alone; the international community is behind them.  The journalists and media workers of Afghanistan are playing a leading role in working fearlessly to ensure that the voices of violent extremists do not dominate the news agenda. We remain ready to help them in this perilous endeavour.

Signed by


Committee to Protect Journalists, USA

Free Press Unlimited, Netherlands

Index on Censorship, UK

Institute for War and Peace Reporting, UK

IFEX, Canada

International News Safety Institute UK

International Media Support, Denmark

International Press Institute, Austria

World Association of Newspapers, France

Open Society Foundations, Program on Independent Journalism, UK

Reporters Without Borders, France

Rory Peck Trust, UK