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Afghanistan Falls to 121st Place in World Press Freedom Index: RSF

KABUL – Afghanistan’s ranking in the Press Freedom Index has fallen three places to 121, a watchdog said on Thursday in an annual report.
The report published by Reporters Without Borders cited killing of 15 journalists and media workers in a series of bombings in 2018, which was the deadliest year since the fall of the Taliban regime.
It said that the war imposed by the Taliban and Islamic State and constant abuses by warlords and corrupt political officials constitute a permanent threat to journalist, media and press freedom in Afghanistan.
The report cited also concern that basic freedoms, including press freedom, could be sacrificed in the course of the international efforts to restore peace in Afghanistan.
“The experience of the past 17 years confirms that peace and security are what the Afghan people want most, but they cannot be achieved and guaranteed without free and independent media and without guarantees for journalists’ safety,” the report said.
Norway topped the list of 180 countries for having the world’s freest press for third year in a row. Finland and Sweden secured second and third positions respectively.
(Sahar News)

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