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Attacks on the Press 2006: Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN

The Taliban Islamist militia re-emerged in Afghanistan while the government of President Hamid Karzai wavered in its commitment to Western-style media. Despite the proliferation of media outlets since the fall of the Taliban government in 2001, reporters complained of little or no cooperation from officials, who were unwilling to meet with them or allow public offices to release information.
February 5, 2007 11:47 AM ET

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Three weeks after abduction, photographer released in Afghanistan

New York, November 3, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today’s release of Italian freelance photographer Gabriele Torsello three weeks after he was taken captive by gunmen in southern Afghanistan.

The Italian government confirmed to news agencies Torsello’s release, which was first reported by PeaceReporter, a Web site that works closely with aid agencies in areas of conflict. Torsello told the Web site that he was kept in dark rooms during his captivity and was chained for much of the time. He was unharmed, according to news reports.
November 3, 2006 12:00 PM ET

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Italian photojournalist, abducted in Afghanistan, still missing

New York, October 16, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the reported abduction of freelance Italian photojournalist Gabriele Torsello on Thursday. The independent Afghan news agency Pajhwok said Torsello was seized by five gunmen on the highway from Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, to neighboring Kandahar province. Pajhwok said the information came from Torsello’s local fixer Gholam Mohammad, who called the agency shortly after the abduction.
October 16, 2006 12:00 PM ET

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Afghanistan: CPJ calls for probe into death of two German journalists

New York, October 10, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Afghanistan to intensify their investigation into the shooting deaths of two journalists working for German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

Germans Karen Fischer, 30, and Christian Struwe, 39, were killed Saturday in the tent they had pitched near a road in northern Afghanistan. The motive for the killings is not clear, according to the Interior Ministry, which is conducting the investigation.
October 10, 2006 12:00 PM ET

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Christian Struwe

Karen Fischer, 30, and Christian Struwe, 39, Deutsche Welle journalists doing research for a freelance documentary, were shot in a tent they had pitched along a road near Baghlan, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) northwest of Kabul. Deutsche Welle said the two had recently visited several United Nations Children's Fund projects in northern Afghanistan and were en route to the central province of Bamiyan.

News reports said the pair's personal possessions were not taken. The area, though considered safer than other parts of the country, was still poorly controlled by the government and NATO forces in charge of security.

Local police detained two people for questioning, the Kabul-based daily Cheragh reported on October 12. The Interior Ministry, which led the investigation, said the precise motive was not immediately clear.
October 7, 2006 12:01 AM ET

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Karen Fischer

Karen Fischer, 30, and Christian Struwe, 39, Deutsche Welle journalists doing research for a freelance documentary, were shot in a tent they had pitched along a road near Baghlan, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) northwest of Kabul. Deutsche Welle said the two had recently visited several United Nations Children's Fund projects in northern Afghanistan and were en route to the central province of Bamiyan.

News reports said the pair's personal possessions were not taken. The area, though considered safer than other parts of the country, was still poorly controlled by the government and NATO forces in charge of security.

Local police detained two people for questioning, the Kabul-based daily Cheragh reported on October 12. The Interior Ministry, which led the investigation, said the precise motive was not immediately clear.


October 7, 2006 12:00 AM ET

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