In Kandahar, Afghanistan, gunmen assassinated Afghan journalist Abdul Manan Arghand Tuesday as he was driving his car during the morning rush hour. Police say two attackers riding on a motorcycle fled the scene and remain at large. The killing has already had a chilling effect on Afghan reporters. This is Abdul Sami of the media group Nai.
Abdul Sami “Until the safety of journalists are guaranteed and the perpetrators of Abdul Manan’s killing are arrested, we will not broadcast any news from the south of the country.”
The killing came on the same day that officials met in the Afghan capital Kabul to discuss ways to protect journalists. The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee says last year was the deadliest yet for media workers, with 20 killed and scores more assaulted or threatened.