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Afghan violence

A new study by the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee attributes 72 percent of violence against journalists in Afghanistan to the Afghan government rather than the Taliban. Violence against journalists was attributed to insurgents in 12.5 percent of cases but the majority of attacks were perpetrated by forces acting on behalf of the government. The study examined 39 cases of violence from January to June 2015 including one murder, four cases of assault, 19 beatings, two detentions, and 13 cases of threats against journalists. There are growing concerns that the Western-backed regime in Kabul is just as extreme and dictatorial as the one it replaced.