Afghanistan: women journalists assassinated

Two women journalists, Zakia Zaki and Sanga Amach, have been killed by gunmen in Afghanistan in the past week. Zaki, who was killed in an attack at her home late June 5, ran a private radio station, partially funded by a Western media group, and was headmistress of a school in Parwan province. She was recently warned by some local commanders to shut the station or face death, the head of Afghanistan’s Independent Journalist Association said. “She believed in freedom of expression, that’s why she was killed,” Rahimullah Samander told Reuters. Amach, a news presenter on a private television station in Kabul, was killed at her home on June 1. She had also received threats from unidentified persons. Some arrests have been reported in her case. (Reuters, June 6)

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