Paris, France: Reporters Without Borders urged US President Joe Biden on Saturday to devise a “special plan for removing endangered Afghan journalists” from Taliban-controlled Kabul.
According to RSF, the US appears to be mainly worried about the departure of “its own residents and former employees” at the moment.
“This is blocking the evacuation of those on the lists of sensitive persons who are in danger,” it added.
“We are receiving dozens and dozens of urgent evacuation requests,” said RSF chief Christophe Deloire.
“Our problem today is not getting visas or seats on planes, it is making it possible for these people to access planes.”
The NGO is urging the United States to delay the end of its military operation at Kabul Airport until journalists and human rights activists from other countries and organisations can be recognised and granted access.
“It will be materially impossible to complete the evacuation of all those in great danger, including Afghan journalists, by 31 August,” it said.
“The image of the United States as a defender of press freedom and human rights is at stake,” Deloire said.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said it had received “hundreds of requests for help” from Afghan journalists, mostly women, who are “in panic and fear”.
According to German radio, the Taliban killed one member of a Deutsche Welle journalist’s family on Wednesday while searching for the journalist, who is currently stationed in Germany.