Afghanistan - Alerts
One year after Ahmad Omaid Khpalwak's death, the odds that a journalist could be killed by U.S. forces' fire seem, unfortunately, to be as high as ever, notes CPJ.
The draft media law has been moving toward parliament with little or no formal opportunity for civil society to comment.
Pajhwok Afghan News and other media outlets have been referred to the Attorney General's Office for reporting on an alleged bribery scandal involving a member of Parliament.
An improvised explosive device destroyed the office of the radio station's director.
In the months since his release, Hervé Ghesquière, a seasoned reporter for the French public TV channel France 3 and a veteran of many wars, has been drawing and sharing the lessons from his abduction and captivity.
The Afghanistan Analysts Network recently released its report on the July 2011 shooting death of journalist Omaid Khpalwak.
CPJ urges President Hamid Karzai to publicly address Gen. Zahir Azimi's statement and ask all government officials to refrain from attacks on journalists.
The body of Sadim Khan Bhadrzai, the manager of a popular local radio station, was found on the day after he was kidnapped.
Farhad Taqaddosi is the 21st journalist to be killed in Afghanistan since the 2001 U.S. invasion, CPJ research shows.
The International Security Assistance Force has admitted that Ahmed Omed Khpulwak was killed by a US soldier who mistook him for an insurgent during a firefight.
Ahmed Omed Khpalwak is the first journalist to be killed in Afghanistan in 2011, according to IPI.
"We hail the efforts undertaken by the French and Afghan governments, which led to Ghesquière and Taponier and their interpreter being freed safe and sound as a result of negotiation," said RSF.
"Hasht-e-Subh" daily and Tolo Television were criticised for "immorality" and "animosity against Islam", according to media owners.
Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier were kidnapped in the Kapisa region of northeastern Afghanistan, along with their three Afghan assistants, on 29 December 2009.
Security services obstructed many journalists from covering a suicide attack on the Defence Ministry in Kabul.
Syed Abdullah Nezami, Sadullah Sahil and Zabihullah were released after being detained in Kunar province where a NATO air strike had reportedly killed up to 50 civilians.
Giles Duley was on a foot patrol with soldiers in rural Kandahar Province when he stepped on a pressure-plate that detonated a hidden explosive charge, "The New York Times" reported.
Radio Payam's facilities were damaged and the station's transmitter was reportedly removed by intruders during the raid.
Razaq Mamoon, who suffered burns to his face and hands, recently completed a book which criticises Iran for interference in Afghanistan's internal affairs.
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In an audio recording, Hojatullah Mujadadi said he had been summoned several times for questioning by NDS officials, who asked him to fill out a cooperation agreement form.