Afghanistan: two media workers among the casualties at Kabul airportEvent
- Initial Date
- Aug 26, 2021
- Event Description
Afghan journalist Ali Reza Ahmadi, who was reporting from the chaotic scenes at Kabul airport, was among those killed in the deadly bombing outside the Kabul airport on August 26. Another journalist Juhad Hamidi also died the same day at the airport. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its Afghanistan affiliates, the Afghan Independent Journalists’ Association (AIJA) and the Afghanistan’s National Journalists Union (ANJU) continue to draw attention to the plight of the country’s media and the future for freedom of expression.
Ali Reza Ahmadi, a reporter for the Raha news agency was killed in the Kabul airport suicide bombing on August 26, which also claimed the lives 170 people, including 13 US service members.
The Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP) claimed responsibility for the bombing. Video shot by Afghan journalists showed dozens of bodies strewn around a canal on the edge of the airport.
The AIJA reported that journalist Juhad Hamidi, a presenter of the Jahan Television, was among those killed though it is not clear if he was reporting or also among those trying to evacuate.
Due to the increased panic and desperation amongst Afghanistan’s media community as the deadline looms for the US evacuation on August 31, thousands of Afghani media workers have pleaded for evacuation from the country, fearing the repercussions of their reporting.
The IFJ and its affiliates have logged more than 2,000 requests for assistance from media workers trying to flee the country.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Violence (physical)
- Rights Concerned
- Right to life
- Media Worker
- Extremist group
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 26 August 2021, Ali Reza Ahmadi and Juhad Hamidi, media workers, were among the victims of the terror attack staged at the airport while covering people en mass attempting to flee the country in Kabul, Afghanistan.