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UJF Council demands government helps Afghan journalists

The Council of the Union of Journalists in Finland, which met 26 November, has called on the Finnish government to help Afghan journalists get out of Afghanistan.

“We have a duty to help those who are now in mortal danger after cooperating with Finnish media and journalists. There are reportedly about twenty such people in need of help,” the Council said in a statement.

The Council said that all those who have worked with foreigners in Afghanistan are currently in danger.

“Afghan women journalists in particular are in an extremely dangerous position.”

The Council pointed out that while Finland likes to present itself as a defender of human rights, Afghan journalists who have worked with Finnish agencies are still in Afghanistan.

“No decisions have yet been taken to help them. Many other countries, such as the United States, Canada, France and Germany, took a decision early on in the crisis to help journalists and civil activists, for example.”

In response to an appeal by Nordic journalists’ associations, Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto has promised that Finland can look into possibilities to help Afghan journalists and media professionals, as well as those who have assisted the Finnish media.

The UJF Council demands that instead of exploring the matter the Finnish government takes practical steps and a political decision to accept journalists who have cooperated with the Finns.