Deadly attacks on journalists in Afghanistan rise, threatening free press

January 21, 2015 5:00 AM

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Deadly attacks on journalists in Afghanistan rise, threatening free press

In this Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 photo, Afghan journalist Hussain Sirat, 33, an editor at Afghanistan’s biggest daily newspaper, 8AM, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan. New York-based watchdog Human Rights Watch, released a report Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 titled “Stop Reporting or We’ll Kill Your Family,” that says perpetrators of violence against journalists are rarely punished. Eight journalists were killed in Afghanistan in 2014, making it the deadliest year for the media since 2001, when the U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban, rights groups say. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) (The Associated Press)

In this Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 photo, Afghan journalist Hussain Sirat, 33, an editor at Afghanistan’s biggest daily newspaper, 8AM, who also works for Deutsche Welle speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan. When Sirat’s car disappeared in late December he assumed ...

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