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Unidentified gunmen shot dead local journalist in Southern Kandahar province

April 25, 2018

Kandahar: An Afghan TV journalist was shot dead in Afghanistan's Southern province of Kandahar on Wednesday morning, the latest in a long list of unsolved murders of media workers in the country.

Abdul Mannan Arghand, 35, was shot by unidentified by unknown motorcyclists at about 9am in Yarana Market of Kandahar city while going office from home, a relative of the victim told to the reporters.

Local residents took Arghand to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Arghand is survived by his spouse and three children.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. But local journalists previously received warning from the Taliban militants.

Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) condemns this heinous act in the strongest terms and calls for the government to launch an urgent and proper investigation.

Afghanistan suffered its deadliest year on record for journalists and media workers in 2017, according to the finding of the Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC), 171 violent and threatening against journalists were reported last year, 20 of which are the killing of journalists and media workers while the figure was 105 incidents last year including 13 deaths.

AFJC executive director, Ahmad Quraishi said that the sharp increase in violence in the country has been a big blow to freedom of press which is the biggest achievement of the people of Afghanistan in after collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001.

'Unfortunately, the culture of impunity that is behind these attacks are yet to be addressed by the Afghan authorities despite their repeated boasts and promises, we can say, almost all of the suspects yet brought to justice.’ Said Ahmad Quraishi, executive director of AFJC

In Dec,10 journalists and media workers were killed and about 18 others wounded in IS (Daesh) cowardly suicide bombing at the Afghan Voice News Agency (AVA) in Kabul.

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.

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