Jawed Ahmad

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 Ahmad, 23, was shot while driving on a main street in Kandahar, not far from the
governor’s palace, according to The Canadian Press and Agence France-Presse.
Another car, which the Canadian network CTV identified as a white Toyota, pulled alongside
the passenger side and a gunman opened fire. Ahmad died at the scene, CTV said,
citing Qasim Khan, the physician who pronounced him dead. The journalist was known
by his nickname, Jojo, and also used the surname Yazemi or Yazamy.

Ahmad was a freelance field producer for CTV and worked for
a number of other news organizations. He also pursued business projects
unrelated to journalism.

Paul Workman, a former CTV Afghanistan correspondent, wrote
glowingly about Ahmad in a station blog post: “Jojo was good. He had no
training in journalism, but pursued stories with enviable passion and courage,
driven by an urge to get ahead fast. He wanted to take better pictures than
anybody else, he wanted to get better interviews; he simply wanted to please.
And he wasn’t afraid, or at least he never showed it.”

Beginning in October 2007, U.S. military forces detained Ahmad
and held him without charge for 11 months. The U.S. Department of Defense said he
was being held as an “unlawful enemy combatant” but gave no further
explanation. The journalist was freed from Bagram Air Base in September 2008.
He was never charged with a crime. 

No claims or responsibility came from any political or
militant groups in the days after his death.