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VOA Statement on Loss of RFE/RL Journalists in Afghanistan Blasts

Washington, DC – Today we are saddened by the loss of two journalists from our sister network, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, who were killed this morning in twin suicide blasts in Kabul, Afghanistan. A third journalist who was scheduled to join RFE/RL in May was also killed. They were among 25 killed and 45 wounded in the attacks. We join RFE/RL President Thomas Kent in deploring this cowardly act against non-combatants and extend our deepest condolences to the families of all of those who lost their lives in today’s deadly attacks. With World Press Freedom Day on May 3, today’s tragedy is a reminder of the dangers that journalists face every day to bring global audiences accurate, objective and reliable news.