KABUL, JAN 1 – Afghanistan journalist and civil society activist in Ghor, Bismillah Adil Aimaq, was killed in an attack by unknown armed men in the city of Feroz Koh, the centre of the province, local officials said.
Ghor governor’s spokesman Mohammad Aref Abir said that Adil was head of a local radio station, Radio Sada-e-Ghor, and was killed in an attack by unknown armed men in Dara-e-Taimoor village on the outskirts of Feroz Koh.
He is the sixth Afghan journalist killed in two months. Violence against journalists and media has increased in Afghanistan in recent months, although a respite might have been expected as a result of the peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
On the other side, 50 journalists were killed worldwide during 2020, according to a report of abusive treatment and violence against journalists, published last week by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). While the number of journalists killed in countries at war continues to fall, more are being murdered in countries, not at war, the report said.