Photo journalist released on presidential decree

Photo journalist released on presidential decree

March 11, 2015

In compliance with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s orders, Afghan photojournalist Najibullah Musafir was freed from jail late on Wednesday.

A large number of colleagues accompanied the photojournalist to his residence in Kabul after his release from Pul-i-Charkhi prison on the eastern outskirts of the city at about 4pm.

Earlier in the day, presidential spokesman Ajmal Abid told Pajhwok Afghan News Musafir would be released after the required formalities were met.

Musafir had been jailed over a ‘misused’ photo, was arrested on Feb 22 and transferred to Kabul’s Pul-e-Charkhi prison.

He was on a six-month in prison over a photo allegedly misused after sell. The original photo depicted two girls holding a basketball symbol at a ceremony at Kabul’s Qazi stadium some seven years ago. The buyer production replaced the symbol with the logo of its client telecommunication company as an advertisement.

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