New York, March 11, 2009--After the deadly attack on freelance journalist Jawed Ahmad in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists called today for an aggressive investigation into the murder in order to put an end to a pattern of impunity that marked past journalist murders.
Tooryalai Wesa, the recently appointed
provincial governor, said an investigation was under way. Zalmay Ayubi, Wesa's
spokesman told local and foreign journalists in the city today that it was not
clear who was behind the killing.
In a statement from
According to accounts by The
Canadian Press and Agence
France-Presse, Ahmad, 23, was shot while driving his car on a main street
"It isn't premature to begin pressuring the
police and governor's office in
CPJ research shows no conclusive investigations or prosecutions in the targeted shooting deaths of Zakia Zaki, the director of Radio Peace, a private station in Parwan province, who was killed in June 2007 or Abdul Samad Rohani, a BBC Pashto service reporter who was shot in June 2008. Several other journalists have died in bombings or crossfire in the country.
Ahmad, who freelanced for CTV and other news
organizations, was held for 11
months at Bagram Air Base near