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Killer of female journalist murders his wife in Balkh prison

Feb 20, 2016

Mazar-e-Sharif: A suspected killer of a female journalist in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan has reportedly murdered his wife inside the prison.

According to the local government officials, the victim (suspect’s wife) visited the prison to meet her husband who has been serving in connection to the murder of a journalist since last year.

The provincial security chief Abdul Raziq Qaderi said the incident took place on Thursday and the suspect was looking to commit suicide as well after killing his wife.

He said the man used a rope to strangle his wife to death and was on the verge of hanging himself as well when police arrived and prevented him.

The man was held from Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital city of northern Balkh province of Afghanistan last year in connection to the murder of female journalist Palwasha Tokhi.

Tokhi was murdered by unidentified men who stormed into her house in Mazar-e-Sharif city and repeatedly stabbed her, leaving her critically wounded.

She was working as media analyst in a news network and was murdered shortly after returning to Afghanistan by completing her higher education studies in Thailand. Khama Press

 

Journalists announce week-long boycott of Balkh police coverage

August 16, 2015

Mazar-e-Sharif:  Journalists on Saturday announced a week-long boycott of covering police activities in northern Balkh province after accusing the force of mistreating them.

Members of the newly-formed Journalists Protection Committee told a press conference in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital, that the police headquarters had been mistreating reporters.

The committee representing various journalist bodies was formed on Thursday; a day after unknown gunmen attacked an Afghan reporter with Deutsche Welle, a German international broadcaster, Abdul Hamid Sapi, who also works at Azro Television.

The reporter was travelling home from his television office in his car when came under attack on the road between Kod Barq and Mazar-i-Sharif in the limits of Dehdad district on Wednesday night. Sapi was unhurt, but his car was damaged.

The committee on Saturday announced it would hold meetings with provincial government and security officials on threats being faced by the community.

To a question from this scribe, head of the panel, Noor Agha Sharifi, said they had gone to the police headquarters on Saturday noon to inquire about progress in cases of violence against journalists, but the police chief did not meet them.

He said police chief Syed Kamal Sadat’s secretary kept them waiting for one and a half hours and then told them to wait further or leave was their choice.

He said they wanted to meet the police chief about progress in investigation of incidents of violence against journalists, including the gun attack on Sapi.

Sharifi said the police chief had insulted them by refusing to meet them and that was why they would boycott covering the police force’s activities for a week.

A member of the committee and president of Journalists Union of the North, Gulab Shah Bawar, told Pajhwok Afghan News that security organs had never respected journalists’ views about their problems.

He said three journalists had been attacked over the past few months, but none of the incident had so far been investigated.  Bawar said as a larger union of journalists, they were announcing a week-long boycott of all activities of the police department.

But Balkh police spokesman Sher Jan Durrani said that no one had contacted him as police spokesman. He addedthe journalists had directely entered the police chief’s office at a time when he was not present.

About investigation into attacks on journalist, Durrani said no reporter had formally lodged complaint with them. He said journalist should lodge their complaints at the police department like ordinary citizens. Pajhwok

Banning of media outlets without an authorized court order is illegal and a matter of concern: AFJC

Jul 23, 2015

Mazar-e-Sharif: Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) expresses concern over banning of two local TV channels in Balkh province by the provincial telecommunications administration after failing to pay frequency taxes.

Acting on directives from the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology, the provincial administration on Wednesday ordered Mehraban Radio and Television and Asia TV off the air, an official told to Pajhwok Afghan News.

Balkh Telecommunications Director Khudaidad Kaihan said that the central authorities had repeatedly asked the two channels through letters to clear their taxes, but they did not. The channels will remain off the air until they pay taxes in light of a decision taken by a joint commission of provincial departments.

He said the Mehraban television had to pay $30000 in taxes and the Asia TV $3000.

Balkh Information and Culture Director Saleh Mohammad Khaliq said they had been informed about the ban by officials of the two channels. He said they had no role in the blackout.

AFJC expresses concern over closing of the TV channels and call the any decision on banning of media outlets is illegal without authorized court order.

The organization calls on the ministry of telecommunications for a review of the decision and lifts the ban as soon as possible.

 

 

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