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NUJ and IFJ call for urgent action by UK government to help secure safe passage for under-threat former BBC journalists in Afghanistan
More than seven weeks since the capture of Kabul by the Taliban, and the subsequent evacuation of western troops from the city, many journalists with close links to the UK remain stuck in hiding, fearful for their lives.
As the Taliban now control the country, the IFJ are monitoring of the situation on the ground and the many requests for emergency support reveal panic and fear amongst Afghanistan’s media community.
The NUJ is calling on the UK government to confirm its plans to support journalists and other media workers fleeing Afghanistan as part of its Afghan Resettlement Scheme, which has committed to resettle 5,000 Afghans in the first year of a five year plan totalling 20,000.
The NUJ is calling on the Irish government to support journalists and other media workers fleeing Afghanistan and is urging members to donate to the International Union of Journalists safety fund appeal for Afghan journalists.
The NUJ is calling on the UK government to put in place specific measures for journalists and media workers under its anticipated resettlement scheme and step up its effort to deliver their safe passage out of Afghanistan.
The NUJ has initiated talks with both the UK’s Foreign Office and the BBC to push for swift exit solutions for all staff based in the BBC’s Kabul office and those working across Afghanistan, bringing them and their families to safety in the UK or other international BBC newsrooms, writes Tim Dawson.
The NUJ has joined the International Federation of Journalists in calling on the Egyptian government to release all 26 media workers held in prisons and to end the relentless attacks on journalists and freedom of expression.
An independent inquiry into the murder of the investigative journalist found the Maltese state was responsible for creating a culture of impunity as it failed to take action in protecting the journalist.
The NUJ and IFJ condemn all attempts to secretly interfere with journalists' communications
Following the attempted kidnap of an Iranian journalist in New York, the union has highlighted the threats to the Iranian press in the UK.