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AFJC condemns attack on TV satirist

May 5, 2015

Kandahar: Unknown men attacked and seriously injured a prominent TV satirist in southern Kandahar city on May 4, 2015.

A local official told Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) that Ahmadullah Majajo, was seriously wounded by knife in third district of Kandahar city, when he was on his way home.

Majajo has been working as satirist and producer of a satirical program “bitter and sweet”, which is a popular show at the stated-run Radio Television (RTA) since 2010. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for this attack. However, police informed AFJC that they have launched an investigation to the incident.

AFJC strongly condemns this attack, calling on government authorities to take serious actions against the assailants and bring them to justice.

Benawa editor-in-chief detained

 

June 17, 2014

Kandahar: The editor-in-chief of Web site Benawa was detained by National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel in southern Kandahar province on Tuesday, an official said.

Benawa says in a statement that Khalid Hadi was detained at the Kandahar International Airport before he could board flight for Kabul on Tuesday at 11am.

The governor’s spokesman, Dawa Khan Minapal, confirmed arrest of Mr. Hadi to Pajwhok Afghan News and linking the action to write-ups against Governor Toryalai Weesa, his wife and other officials.

He said the articles released by Khalid Hadi on the Benawa webpage were violative of journalistic principles. He said the man was under investigation and details would be made public once the process was completed.

A resident of Kandahar, the editor-in-chief of Benawa presently lives in the United States. Hadi, who recently came to Kandahar to visit his friends and relatives, was arrested before he could leave the country.

Afghanistan Journalists Center is very worried to learn over the arrest of Khalid Hadi and condemn the action as illegal and calling on the Kandahar governor to release him as soon as possible.

AFJC urge the local authorities to respect the Afghan Mass Media law and follow their complaint through the Mass Media commission.

5 journalists perish in Ghazni collision

Kandahar, September 15, 2012

Five local journalists who were travelling to Kandahar on the completion of a training course in Kabul killed in a road tragedy in southern Ghazni.

The incident happened on Friday in the Spin Band area of Ab Band district of Ghazni province, which straddles the main highway from Kabul to Kandahar, the capital of the south.

At around 6:30 am a passenger bus collided with a fuel tanker and as a result, the fuel tanker and the passenger bus caught fire and 53 people including the five journalists were killed and five others were wounded in the collision.


It was not immediately clear to whom the fuel tanker belonged.

Working for local private radio and TV stations, and a trainer for NAI supporting open media in Afghanistan, head of Kandahar Press Club Dawa Khan Minapal told AFJC.

NAI regional manager, Abdul Sattar Hamdard, Radio Woranga reporter and producer, Saiyed Agha Watanyar, Hiwad TV cameraman, Wahidullah Anwari, Sanga Radio reporter Setara Haya, Mirman Radio producer Wasila Nazari, her mother and sister were among the victims.

In the meantime representative of the NAI Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan said the journalists had visited Kabul to attend a 3 days training workshop organized by the organization.

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