- Title: Afghan journalists protest in Kabul, calling for protection and visas
- Date: 26th August 2021
- Summary: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AUGUST 26, 2021) (REUTERS) JOURNALISTS HOLDING PLACARDS AT SIT-IN PROTEST JOURNALIST HOLDING PLACARD READING (English) "WHERE ARE THE GLOBAL PROMISES FOR JOURNALISTS' IMMUNITY???" ANOTHER PLACARD HELD BY JOURNALIST READING (English) "WORLD SHOULD PROTECT JOURNALISTS AND REPORTERS" CAMERAMEN FILMING JOURNALISTS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) JOURNALIST, RUHINA JAFFERY, SAYING: "They promised to protect us. We reached out to them via email but didn't receive any response. Today, we had to come to airport to save my life and my family life which is in danger." VARIOUS OF JOURNALISTS GATHERED (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) JOURNALIST, RASA, SAYING: "Journalists should have protection for their lives. I would request the political-current rulers to kindly look into the freedom of press." JOURNALIST WITH PLACARDS SITTING JOURNALISTS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) JOURNALIST, AHMED, SAYING: "This is unfair that those who are not journalists are leaving for abroad. This should stop, and those journalists who deserve to be sent, should be sent rather than media outlets sending their relatives." JOURNALISTS SITTING CAMERAMAN FILMING
- Embargoed: 9th September 2021 19:45
- Keywords: Afghan journalists stage sit-in journalists protests
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA001ERX4H1J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Journalists from various media outlets in Afghanistan held a protest in Kabul on Thursday (August 26) calling for security to work, and to allow them to receive visas if they wanted to leave the country.
The Taliban, who entered Kabul on August 15 after rapidly taking over much of the country, have said foreign troops must be out by the end of the month.
They have encouraged Afghans to stay, while saying those with permission to leave will still be allowed to do so once commercial flights resume.
The United States and allies are hurrying to evacuate as many people from Afghanistan as possible before an August 31 deadline amid growing security fears at Kabul airport.
In total, around 88,000 people have been airlifted from Kabul airport since evacuation efforts began, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.
(Production: Waseem Sattar, Shahabuddin Shahab)
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