First 6 months of 2018 bloodiest for Afghanistan scribes Jul 19, 2018 0 348 12345 dpaKabulWith 11 journalists killed, nine of them during one bloody Islamic State attack alone, the first six months of 2018 has been the"bloodiest reporting period"for journalists in war-torn Afghanistan, a report said on Wednesday.~The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) said nine journalists were killed and six others were injured during an Islamic State attack in the capital Kabul on April 30 while two others were assassinated in southeastern Khost and southern Kandahar provinces.~The AJSC called the April attack"a turning point in the nature of threats against media workers."The committee said 10 journalists were killed during the same reporting period in 2017. According to the report, the committee also"recorded 89 cases of violence and intimidation,"with 14 cases of physical beatings, 11 cases of bodily injury, 28 cases of intimidation and 19 cases of mistreatment, which show an all-together 22 per cent increase in comparison to the same period last year.~The AJSC said that the Taliban and Islamic State had been responsible for 37 cases while individuals affiliated to the government and security forces follow close behind with 36. The culprits of the remaining cases are unknown. The AJSC said that the level of violence against journalists has resulted in self-censorship among reporters, especially in provinces where the Taliban and Islamic State have a strong presence or influence such as southern Helmand and Kandahar, southeastern Ghazni and eastern Nangarhar.~"The intensity and scale of violence has been unprecedented,"the report said. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Bilawal questions 'favouritism' shown to Imran Khan Jul 19, 2018 0 56 Pakistan cabinet approves open trial of Nawaz Sharif Jul 19, 2018 0 47 WhatsApp seeks to stem fake news ahead of Pakistan general election Jul 19, 2018 0 43 Pakistan judge chides ISI over alleged 'disappearances' AFP Islamabad A Pakistani high court judge Wednesday chided the country's powerful intelligence agency and police over alleged abductions, in a rare public statement accusing security forces of law-breaking. .. Deported Sri Lankan charged with illegally leaving country Colombo A Sri Lankan deported by Australia even though his partner had refugee status there was charged upon his return with illegally leaving his home country. Thileepan Gnaneswaran, who was separated from his wife and .. Death toll in Nepal landslides, flood rises to 90 Kathmandu Five people were killed in Nepal on Wednesday by landslides and flooding brought on by monsoon rains, bringing the death toll to 90 across the country. A woman and her two children - one of them an infant - were .. Pakistan backs UN response to Indian 'allegations' against its Kashmir report dawn.com Islamabad Pakistan on Wednesday supported the United Nations'(UN) dismissal of Indian allegations against its report on the poor human rights situation in Kashmir. The first-ever UN report on alleged ..