Wednesday, May 29, 2024

British media outlets ask for urgent visas for Afghan journalists

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Najibullah Lalzoy
Najibullah Lalzoy
Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.

Several British media outlets in a joint letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked for the issuance of urgent visas for Afghan journalists who have worked for them in the past twenty years.

Britain is currently functioning immigration visas for interpreters who have worked for the British army in Afghanistan.

The rare move-joint letter by British media- asked PM Johnson to also include Afghan journalists in the immigration visa program to save themselves and their families from the threats of the Taliban.

The letter is co-sent by Guardian, Times, Economist, Express, Independent, and the TV channels, Sky, ITV, and the TV channel 4.

The media outlets in their joint letter acknowledged that coverage from Afghanistan would have been impossible if it wasn’t for the local journalists and media workers.

The letter expressed concern over the recently targeted assassinations of Afghan journalists in Afghanistan and accused the Taliban to be behind the killings.

Earlier, a 24-US media coalition had sent two separate letters to President Joe Biden and the House of Representatives and asked for visas to Afghan journalists who have worked for the media from Afghanistan.

As the US full withdrawal comes to an end, the Taliban have got momentum and now control nearly 200 districts of Afghanistan which are feared to be taking power militarily and the country would once again change to a pariah.

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