A widely known Afghan tv journalist was shot useless in broad daylight in Kabul over the weekend, prompting an outcry from girls’s rights advocates.
Mina Mangal, who labored for a number of Afghan tv channels and later turned an adviser in Afghanistan’s parliament, was apparently en path to work early Saturday morning when she was attacked.
Police spokesman Basir Mujahid informed Reuters that she was killed close to her Kabul house by two unknown males on a motorcycle.
The motive behind the assault is just not but clear. Ariana Information, one of many information retailers the place she labored, quoted a safety official saying that “the motive behind Ms. Mangal’s assassination was a household and personal matter.”
“I’ve misplaced an clever and energetic daughter due to a household dispute difficulty,” Mangal’s father informed the BBC. “I’m asking the federal government why they might not shield my working daughter and I’ve misplaced her. I urge them to guard my different daughters and different girls like them who come out of house and serve our society.”
Can’t cease my tears on the lack of this stunning soul. She had a loud voice, & actively elevating voice for her folks. On this Fb standing she says she’s threatened & she says she she trusts her Allah & sturdy lady isn’t fearful of demise. RIP Mina Mangal pic.twitter.com/plsoYJlPlA
— Madam Frogh (@FroghWazhma) Might 11, 2019
“Cannot cease my tears on the lack of this stunning soul,” girls’s rights activist Wazhma Frogh stated in a publish on Twitter. “She had a loud voice, & actively elevating voice for her folks.”
Frogh posted a photograph from Mangal’s Fb account. “On this Fb standing she says she’s threatened & she says she … trusts her Allah & sturdy lady is not fearful of demise,” Frogh wrote. “She had already acknowledged publicly that she’s threatened and nothing was achieved to stop it.”
Violence in opposition to girls is extraordinarily prevalent in Afghanistan. In keeping with the U.N., 51 p.c of girls there skilled bodily or sexual violence from an intimate associate someday of their lifetime, and 46 p.c of girls skilled these types of violence within the final 12 months.
The killing can also be prompting different feminine journalists in Afghanistan to demand that the federal government work on preserving them protected. “In a rustic the place my life is at risk as a journalist, I need the federal government to not present appreciation for our work however to deal with the right way to shield us,” journalist Zalma Kharooty stated in a publish on Fb, in line with Reuters.
Deeply saddened by the brutal homicide of Afghan journalist #MinaMangal in #Kabul on Saturday. A free and unbiased press, together with the safety of reporters like Mina, is important to permit democracy to flourish in #Afghanistan and world wide. #PressFreedom
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) Might 13, 2019
U.S. State Division spokesperson Morgan Ortagus described Mangal’s demise as a “brutal homicide.” She wrote in a publish on Twitter: “A free and unbiased press, together with the safety of reporters like Mina, is important to permit democracy to flourish in #Afghanistan and world wide.”
Since 1994, at the least 48 journalists have been killed in Afghanistan, in line with the Committee to Shield Journalists.
In keeping with the BBC, one of many packages that Mangal hosted was a present about girls’s rights.
This spring, the U.S. has been holding discussions with representatives from the Taliban to push for a peace settlement. Some observers have expressed concern about how such an settlement may affect Afghanistan’s girls.
“The prospect of a peace settlement with the Taliban raises new issues in regards to the sustainability of the positive factors Afghan girls have revamped the previous 17 years,” stated the newest report from the Particular Inspector Basic for Afghanistan Reconstruction. “Some specialists imagine precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces may result in the deterioration of political and financial freedoms, nonetheless restricted, presently loved by girls in Afghanistan.”