Kabul-based television journalist assaulted by bodyguards of parliament deputy speaker

A Kabul-based journalist was allegedly assaulted by the security guards of the second deputy speaker of parliament on Wednesday.

Amin Babak, a broadcast journalist working with a local news channel, was punched on his face by the security guards of Nazir Ahmad Ahmadzai, according to reports.

Nai – supporting open media in Afghanistan has strongly condemned the incident and demanded stringent action against the accused security guards.

Abdul Mujib Khalwatgar, the executive director of Nai, said violence against media persons should stop and those involved in such acts should be booked under law.

According to a report released recently by Freedom House, Afghanistan is ranked 148th in the Freedom of the Press 2015.

The report says there has been an increase in attacks against media workers in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of international troops.

Another report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) earlier this year said the failure to protect journalistic freedom in Afghanistan has emboldened the elements who want to “suppress the criticism of the government, security forces and other powerful entities in Afghan society”.

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