The rising violence is seen in Afghanistan in recent months, which took the lives of at least 4 women journalists, has forced more than 300 other women journalists to quit their jobs right away.
According to a recent study by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), in 2020, there were at least 1,678 women and young girls working in various media outlets across the country, but that number has now dropped to 1,377. The report further stated that a decrease of 18% of women journalists and media workers in the war-torn country.
These findings were based on a survey conducted in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. The survey findings have shown that more than 300 women journalists and media workers have resigned or lost their jobs due to factors mainly as security threats, in particular, recent targeted killings, media financial problems due to COVID-19 and low pay, the CPJ said.
Turkish news outlet Anadolu Agency told that “The working environment for female journalists has never been close to ideal in Afghanistan, but it has become seriously life-threatening after the recent killings of female journalists.