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GFMD joins civil society call for G7 to protect and evacuate Afghan journalists

Author: Olga Komarova | 24. August 2021

Ahead of the G7 summit on the situation in Afghanistan, GFMD has joined the undersigned organisations to call on G7 countries to make a clear and explicit commitment to journalists and media workers as an urgent and immediate priority, ensuring their protection and evacuating them and their families.

We ask that G7 members:

  • Make an explicit commitment to evacuate all journalists, media workers and media advocates at risk, and their families
  • Ease visa restrictions for all Afghan journalists, media workers, media advocates and their families seeking asylum
  • Simplify and secure the process for visa application, and collaborate with third countries when possible
  • Provide safe passage to and at the airport and other routes
  • Remain in Kabul in order to secure the airport and the possibility to evacuate beyond the August 31 deadline
  • Create an emergency fund for Afghan journalists and media workers
  • Provide pathways for cash to enter in the country
  • Repurpose development budget lines to address the emergency situation
  • Coordinate efforts within the United Nations system for immediate support
  • At the 26 August special session of the Human Rights Council, call for the establishment of an independent monitoring and investigative mechanism that is adequately staffed and resourced.

A full list of recommendations and annex to the call can be found here.

Signed by:

  • ACOS Alliance
  • ARTICLE 19
  • Association of European Journalists (AEJ)
  • Association for International Broadcasting
  • Association of Freelance Journalists (Kenya)
  • Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma
  • Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)
  • Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM)
  • Committee to Protect Journalists
  • Dart Centre Asia Pacific
  • Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
  • DW Akademie, Deutsche Welle
  • English PEN
  • Ethnovision
  • European Broadcasting Union
  • European Centre for Press Media Freedom
  • European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
  • Freedom House
  • Free Press Unlimited
  • The Frontline Club
  • The Frontline Freelance Register
  • Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)
  • The GroundTruth Project
  • Guardian News and Media
  • IFEX
  • International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)
  • International Media Support
  • International News Safety Institute (INSI)
  • International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF)
  • International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
  • International Press Institute (IPI)
  • Internews
  • James W. Foley Legacy Foundation
  • Maharat Foundation
  • Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)
  • Overseas Press Club of America
  • Overseas Press Club Foundation
  • Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)
  • PEN America
  • PEN Canada
  • PEN Germany
  • PEN Japan
  • PEN International
  • Public Media Alliance
  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
  • Rory Peck Trust
  • Samir Kassir Foundation
  • The Signals Network
  • Storyhunter
  • VII Agency
  • VII Foundation
  • Women Photograph
  • World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)


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