NewYork-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in a letter on Monday, August 23, asked member states of Group of 7 (G7) to address the issue of Afghan journalists and media workers.

The letter has asked the group to protect and evacuate the journalists as they are subject to severe threats after the Taliban takeover.

The group of leading industrial nations is preparing to hold an online summit on the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.

CPJ in the letter said that they have joined over 5o civil society organizations to call on G7 to prioritize and take immediate action in providing safe harbor to the Afghan journalists.

“In addition to immediate priorities such as evacuation, safe passage to the Kabul airport, and simplifying the visa process, the letter asks the US and other allies to extend their stay beyond August 31 deadline.” Reads the letter.

Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the group at a time when the freedom of media and speech has been curtailed, media outlets have cost deducted, journalists are not allowed to cover stories, and are even beaten and threatened by the Taliban.

Afghan journalists and media workers complain that the country is no longer safe for them and have been asking the international community to take immediate actions in providing them safe harbor.

As per the information, CPJ has registered nearly 400 journalists in need of evacuation and is reviewing thousands of additional requests.

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