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Two French reporters freed

June 29, 2001

The Afghanistan Journalists Center  is delighted to learn about today’s release of French journalists Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier and their Afghan interpreter Reza, who were abducted by a Taliban group on 29 December 2009 in the northeastern province of Kapisa while doing a report for the French TV station France 3.

They are now at a French base in north-eastern Afghanistan.

Expressing delight, French President Nicloas Sarkozy thanked Afghan President Hamid Karzai for his handling of the hostage situation.

Prime Minister Francois Fillon had earlier told the French parliament the freed Frenchmen were at the Tagab base in Kapisa province.

They were "in good health" and would be back on French soil "in a few hours", he said.

Details of how the journalists were freed are not clear.

Afghanistan, despite seeing considerable achievements in the field of freedom of expression and a booming media, continues to be one of the world’s most dangerous countries for media personal and Afghan journalists pay a high price for working with foreign media.

ISAF says it freed three journalists

KABUL, September 24, 2010

Two local reporters of Aljazeera detained in the south and a freelance journalist detained in Kapisa have been freed by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, the alliance said in a statement today.

Aljazeera's Ghazni reporter Rahmatullah Nikzad and Kandahar reporter Muhammad Nader were detained last week during raids on their homes by ISAF troops.

A statemetn from ISAF issued today said the two, held for invovlement in 'enemy progpoanda activity', were not identified as signficant security threats.

Aljazeera had protested detention of its reporters saying news-related contacts with Taliban should not be considered as propoganda for them.

The ISAF statement also said they have freed Hujatullah Mujaddidi, a local freelance journalist from the northern Kapisa province.

Mujaddidi, who wroked as head of the provincial Kapisa Radio and TV, was arrested by the National Directorate of Security while reporting on the election a month after he was dimissed from his job. It is not known when he was handed over to ISAF troops and his release is yet to be confirmed by his family.

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