A human rights expert has condemned the killing of journalists in Afghanistan who were among the victims of a major terrorist attack in Kabul. The condemnation came on the eve of World Press Freedom Day, celebrated on May 3.
”The attack on Monday, like all such attacks on journalists, is an attack on Afghanistan’s free press and the public’s right to know,” the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, said on Tuesday, urging the government to bring the perpetrators to justice.
According to news reports, after an initial suicide attack, another suicide bomber targeted journalists who had arrived on the scene, to cover the event. The terrorist group ISIL, or ISIS, which is also known as Daesh, claimed responsibility for the bombings that killed more than 40 people and injured 45 others, including women, children and emergency responders, as well as news media personnel.
”These attacks serve to remind those who glibly demonize the press that journalists serve a crucial function in societies: the illumination of all matters of public interest,” Kaye said.
‘The legacy of those killed is their reminder that serving the public’s right to know, can be dangerous and deserves all of our respect and support.” On Monday, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and his Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, condemned the attacks.
In a statement made yesterday, the Security Council also condemned the bombings as ”heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks.”
”The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the government of Afghanistan” and they wished a speedy and full recovery to the injured,” the statement added.