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Afghan women’s safety, freedom of expression must be guaranteed – UNESCO


The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, says there is need to ensure freedom of expression and safety of journalists in Afghanistan.

This she said, should be in accordance with and respect for international norms and human rights obligations.

Azoulay said access to reliable information and open public debate, facilitated by free and independent media, was crucial for Afghans to achieve the peaceful future they deserved.

“No-one should be afraid to say what they think at this critical juncture and the safety of all journalists, including women, must especially be guaranteed,” the director-general said in a statement.

According to her, UNESCO remains committed to continuing to support in any way possible, freedom of expression and access to information for all Afghans.