In Afghanistan, hundreds of people gathered outside Kabul for the funeral of Afghan journalist Zabihullah Tamanna. Tamanna was working as a translator for NPR when he was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade attack Sunday alongside NPR photojournalist David Gilkey. Journalist and media advocate Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar was among those to attend Tamanna’s funeral on Tuesday.
Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar: “We have lost 10 journalists so far this year, and it means that this is a bloody year for journalists in Afghanistan. I believe that freedom of speech is not a priority for the Afghan government and international community anymore, because we have already noticed an increase in violence against journalists in the country. It can affect democracy and freedom of speech in Afghanistan.”