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Khost-based reporter freed after being held for two days

(RSF/IFEX) - Journalist Noorajan Bahir of independent radio Killid was released from a military base near the eastern town of Khost shortly before noon (local time) on 4 June 2009, two days after he was arrested by coalition forces and members of the Afghan military. The 28-year-old journalist, who is married, has worked for the independent radio station since 2004.

"I was interrogated by American soldiers, including a commander who came from Bagram," Bahir told Reporters Without Borders a few hours after his release. "At the end of the interrogation, he apologised and I was released. They had no reason for holding me."

Bahir thanked all the journalist organisations who protested against his arrest.

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