At least 14 journalists have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year, and 23 more have been injured, according to NAI – supporting open media in Afghanistan annual report.
NAI reported, 415 cases of violence this year, compared to a total of 95 last year. The report shows that a large part of the violence against journalists carried out by the Taliban.
14 journalists were killed, three were detained, 23 were injured, 43 were beaten and 337 received death threats this year.
Addressing a press conference, Abdul Mujeeb Khilwatgar, the Director of NAI said: "In a total of 415 cases, the Taliban was responsible for 326, government 64, and 26 cases involved unknown people."
He stressed that violence against journalists and media workers have been increased by 400 percent compared to previous year.
"Increase of insecurity particularly, Taliban attacks in Kunduz, Helmand, Zabul, Uruzgan and Farah provinces are the main reasons for the sharp increase in violence against journalists," he added.