A string of journalists' deaths in Afghanistan is pushing local news to cut back on coverage of militant attacks. At this morning meeting in Kabul, the staff of TOLOnews remembered two colleagues killed on the job. It's become a brutal fact of life for the TV station, they've lost nine coworkers in the last three years.
Samim Faramarz and Ramiz Ahmadi was sent to cover a deadly blast in Kabul last week. Minutes after this live report, both were killed in a second blast. At least 20 people died.
e secondary blast apparently targeted first responders and journalists. Months ago similar back to back bombs killed a group of nine reporters, photographers and camera men, who initially rushed to the scene.
That made Afghanistan the deadliest country to report in this year, and is pushing the media to come back on coverage of insurgencies.>> The media is under immense pressure. Not just from the Taliban, but from the government, from other elements as well.>> A boom in local media had ben one of the few undisputed success stories in the years after the invasion of Afghanistan.
Foreign press moved back after international troops withdrew in 2014. Domestic outlets moved to fill in the gap. But with the work becoming increasingly difficult and deadly, residents in Kabul now worry the attacks won't be reported on.>>
> Insurgents are trying to hide the facts, he says, to stop their brutality from being unveiled.