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International rights groups condemn attack on Afghan media community

In response to the attacks of last 20th January on Tolo TV, in which 8 people have been killed and 30 others injured, we stand in solidarity with the Afghan media community. We condemn this and all other attacks on Afghanistan's journalists unreservedly and applaud their courage to stand together undeterred by those who seek to silence them. We want to tell our colleagues throughout Afghanistan they are not alone; the international community is behind them.

The journalists and media workers of Afghanistan are playing a leading role in working fearlessly to ensure that the voices of violent extremists do not dominate the news agenda. We remain ready to help them in this perilous endeavour.

Signed,

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Committee to Protect Journalists
Index on Censorship
International Press Institute
Reporters Without Borders
World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

Free Press Unlimited
Institute for War and Peace Reporting
International Media Support
Open Society Foundations, Program on Independent Journalism
Rory Peck Trust

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