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Radio producer and presenter found dead in Helmand

 

Lashkargah: Jan 24, 2014

Afghanistan Journalists Center is saddened to learn that the body of Noor Ahmad Noor, a 25-year-old employee of local radio Boost in the Southern unrest Helmand province, was found.

His body with signs of strangulation and severe marks of blows to the head was found in a sack near provincial capital lashkargah on Thursday at around 9pm, 11 hours after he disappeared.

Talking to Afghanistan Journalists Center, head of Boost Abdul Salam Zahed said Noori went missing from the Moaref St in the center of the capital lashkargah.

“I do a bit walking in the city as usual, he told to his brother before went missing at around 10 am”, Zahed added.

Head of Boost Radio said, Noori was producer and presenter of two religious programs of the radio since 2008 and had earlier worked with The New York Time newspaper as well.

“It is still too early to talk about a motive and he was not aware of threats being made against him.” Zahed added

According to a friend of Noori, he was leading an English training course and working with Haq wa Edalat(Right and Justice party)too.

Helmand Governor Mohammad Naeem told reporters,  Noori had been killed in mysterious circumstances and investigations had been initiated to identify who were behind his killing.

Afghanistan Journalists Center has condemned the murder of Noor Ahmad Noori in the strongest terms and called in the Afghan government to seriously pursue the case.

Since 1993, as many as 39 journalists, writers and other media workers have been killed in Afghanistan -- 23 of them in targeted attacks -- and 16 others in fighting and explosions including 3 journalists(Two in insurgents targeted attacks and on in explosion) in Helamand.

AFJC finding shows the killers - with the exception of two cases - continue to enjoy impunity.

Rohani’s death anniversary observed

LASHKARGAH, June 8, 2013 - 16:05

The fifth death anniversary of journalist Abdul Samad Rohani was observed in southern Helmand province on Saturday.

Rohani, who worked for Pajhwok Afghan News and the BBC in Helmand, was killed after being abducted by unidentified men five years ago.

His dead body was found a day after his abduction in the Bolan cemetery of Lashkargah, the provincial capital.

At a ceremony here, Director of Information and Culture Ali Shah Mazlumyar asked security departments to investigate the murder of Rohani.

Over the past five years, government officials have been unable to capture or punish the killers, lamented the journalist’s brother, Hazrat Mohammad Rohani.

Rohani was committed heart and soul, to working for the BBC and Pajhwok, but his former employers had ignored his family, he said.

Head of Helmand Journalists Association Zainullah Stanikzai said they would never forget the sacrifice of Rohani.

“Journalists are still threatened by different people while officials don’t provide them information in time,” he complained, urging reporters to highlight the truth and stay impartial.PAN

Helmand radio presenter, producer killed in IED blast

Lashkargah, July 12, 2012

Abdul hadi Hamdard, the presenter and producer for the state-owned Radio in Helmand. died when a roadside bomb went off in Ab bazan area of Greshk district in Helmand province.

Head of  the state-owned Radio Television of Afghanistan (RTA) in Helmand, Ahmad Nawid Nazari, said the improvised IED detonated on Hadi's vehicle on Wednesday late afternoon around six p.m. local time.

Nazari added another Afghan was also killed and two others were injured during the incident.

According to the head of RTA in Helmand, Abdul hadi 30, was a volunteer presenter and producer of a literature program for the state- owned radio from a year ago.
Spokesperson to the Provincial Governor, Dawood Ahmadi  accuses Taliban had planted the bomb but  Taliban has not claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

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