A third black day was also recorded in the month of Saur (April) in Afghan history. Ten journalists, who are the voice of the war-stricken, voiceless nation, were killed on a single day in the struggle for freedom of expression in Kabul and Khost provinces. Freedom of speech and journalists are a target for all the belligerent sides in the country. The United States considers them a barrier to its long-term schemes, the government mafia hates them because of exposing their corruption, and the insurgents are hostile to them because of reflecting the voices against the killing of innocent humans. The only supporter of media and freedom of expression is a nation that has been very debilitated by decades of inhuman wars that it now cannot defend itself, let alone protect others.
Media, free press, and free speech, which are the main achievement of the recent nearly two decades, play a crucial role in enlightening public opinion. It is the media that inform the masses of the “dirty games” the powerful countries are seeking to play in Afghanistan to accomplish their hidden agendas, as well as of the dangers threatening their future. It is the media that help the bereaved people of Afghanistan recognize their friend and foe.
Taking into account their significance, the media outlets are of course a target for all sides that are seeking to play long-term “dirty games” in Afghanistan, especially the United States. The media can open people’s eyes to these conspiracies, and mobilize them to stand against them, something the warmongers are most scared of. The warmongers want to “keep people in dark and ignorance” as much as possible, because it together with other intimidation tactics are a precondition for them to achieve their goals. “They are thieves, and therefore theft is not easy in broad daylight.”
There is no doubt the government is to blame for failing to provide security for media outlets and media employees, yet there needs to be discussions about the root causes of the problem. The more we view such important issues superficially, the more the room for foreign conspiracies, which inevitably results in the continuation of war. By realizing depth of the problem, both the Afghan government and people should try to eliminate the causes that have erupted and prolonged the war.