#RSF has formally asked the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to investigate murders of journalists and media workers in #Afghanistan since March 2020.https://t.co/nX6ZeyCFLD pic.twitter.com/nhKBrQGhBo— The Kabul Times (@thekabultimes) June 3, 2021
The international press freedom organization Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), or the Reporters Without Borders, has made the call after at least 11 journalists have been killed since March last year.
According to the RSF, all these journalists and media workers were targeted because of their work amid an armed conflict that has seen an increase in violence against journalists and civil society in general since early 2020.
“RSF has every reason to believe that armed groups, especially the Taliban or Taliban affiliates, are responsible for this wave of killings," said the group.
It has asked Fatou Bensouda, the ICC’s chief prosecutor, to include these murders among the crimes committed in Afghanistan since 2003 that she is authorized to investigate by the ICC’s Appeals Chamber in March 2020.
At least 100 journalists, including 15 international journalists, have been killed in connection with their work in the past 20 years, while more than 60 media outlets have been destroyed or attacked and hundreds of threats have been made against journalists and media, said the RSF.
Last month, Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar visited The Hague to hold talks with Bensouda in connection with the alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.
The Afghan government has submitted its performance report and requested assistance in this regard.
RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan.https://t.co/gpShjxp5lJ— SLPI (@SLPI) June 3, 2021
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