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AFJC condemns death of a media activist in US airstrike in Kunduz

October 4, 2015

Kunduz: Afghanistan Journalists Center condemns the death of a media activist in Saturday’s US military airstrike on a Doctors without Borders hospital in northern Kunduz province, urging a thorough investigation.

Zarghona Hassan, Radio Kaihan head, said Pajhwok Afghan News Zabihullah Pashtunyar --- presenter of entertainment programs for youth in the radio --- was killed in the airstrike on the Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) hospital in Kunduz province.

She said Zabihullah had been working for the past three years as a volunteer for their radio and would also take part in preparing reports.

According to Hassan, due to financial difficulties, Zabihullah got a job at MSF hospital three months back as guard in night shifts and continued his work during the day with Radio Kaihan.

Based on reports more than 19 people, including 12 staff of the trauma hospital and seven patients were killed in the US airstrike and dozens more were wounded.

Radio Kaihan was established seven years ago in Kunduz province and has been airing special programmes for youth.

Zarghona Hassan, who also heads the Shayesta Radio for women, said after the fall of Kunduz city to Taliban, the group ransacked their offices and their equipment had been stolen by unknown people.

Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) vehemently condemned the attack on MSF hospital that resulted in the killing Zabihullah, urging those responsible to compensate his family.

AFJC also condemned ransacking of media outlets equipment in Kunduz province and asked the Afghan government to bring them to justice.

 

Taliban set on fire Radio and TV station during Kunduz takeover

September 29, 2015

Kunduz: Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) condemns Taliban yesterday’s attack on women-run Roshani Radio and TV during Kunduz takeover.

As the Taliban overran the city on Monday, they captured governmental and non-governmental buildings including Roshani Radio and TV, a private broadcaster where they blew up, and set it on fire.

A source told to AFJC that all media have stopped working and many journalists were forced to flee by their own means to Kunduz airport 2 km south of the city to which the government troops had retreated, and some flee to neighbor Balkh and Takhar provinces.

Sadiqa Shirzai, head of Roshani Radio and TV told the AFP that insurgents had burned down the radio station and they are scared of leaving our homes, scared of being beaten by the Taliban.

According to Mrs. Shirzai, There's no electricity, no water, and ration shops are all closed in the city.

Radio Roshni is the second independent media outlet founded in 2002. It covers Kunuz city and Chardarh, Khanabad and Aliabad districts and most of the 18 employees are women.

Kunduz province, which borders Tajikistan, is a major transport hub for the north of the country.

The Afghanistan Journalists Center strongly condemns the attack on Roshani Radio and TV calling it an evil and brutal act. The organization expressed deep concerns regarding the security of the journalists, media workers and media outlets in Kunduz province and calls on the government to take all necessary measures to ensure their security.

Two journalists beaten up in Kunduz

December 21, 2014

Kunduz: Two local reporters were seriously beaten by police in northern Kunduz province on Sunday night.

Naseer Ahmad Waqef, Aljazeera reporter, and Najim Rahim, a local journalist, were on their way to a colleague’s house for dinner on Saturday night.

Rahim, whose nose was seriously injured, told Pajhwok Afghan News without valid reason they were attacked by a policeman at a security checkpoint.

He said after they were beaten up, other police officers took them inside the checkpoint and apologised for their colleague’s behaviour.

The Aljazeera reporter also complained they were attacked without any reason. He confirmed police had apologised and promised to look into the matter.

Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, police spokesman, condemned the behaviour and said the policeman was being interrogated.

 

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