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Attacks on the Press   |   Afghanistan, Pakistan, USA

As fighting surges, so does danger to press

An Afghan police officer aims his weapon at two photographers covering pre-election violence in Kabul. (AFP/Pedro Ugarte)By Bob Dietz

As the United States redeploys forces to Afghanistan, and the Pakistani military moves into the country’s tribal areas, the media face enormous challenges in covering a multifaceted conflict straddling two volatile countries. Pakistani reporters cannot move freely in areas controlled by militants. International reporters in Afghanistan, at risk from kidnappers and suicide bombers, encounter daunting security challenges. And front-line reporters in both countries face pressure from all sides.

Alerts   |   Afghanistan, France

Five missing, apparently kidnapped in Afghanistan

New York, January 4, 2010The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the fate of two French journalists and their three Afghan colleagues, all apparently kidnapped while on assignment in the eastern province of Kapisa for France 3 public television station. The Afghan government reported them kidnapped on December 30. The names of the crew have not been released by the Afghan or French governments, and France 3 has declined to publicly identify them. CPJ was unable to reach the station immediately for comment.

January 4, 2010 3:25 PM ET


Alerts   |   Afghanistan, Norway

Journalist and translator freed in Afghanistan

New York, November 12, 2009—A Norwegian freelance journalist and an Afghan colleague were released Thursday after nearly a week in captivity in eastern Afghanistan, according to international news reports.

Blog   |   Afghanistan

Afghan journalists call for justice in Munadi's death

A large group of Afghan journalists met on Sunday in Kabul. They were angry about the death of New York Times journalist Sultan Mohammed Munadi in the September 9 British-led rescue attempt to free him and Times’ reporter Stephen Farrell, who survived unharmed, from kidnappers. After the meeting, they sent me a list of demands and a pdf of their signatures  on a statement they first wrote in Dari and then translated into English. The group also sent along a biography of Munadi.

Blog   |   Afghanistan

An Afghan fixer struggles in exile in Sweden

I am from Afghanistan, but I have lived in exile in Sweden for almost a year and a half. I spent my teenaged life in Pakistan, where I moved in 1997 to escape the savage regime of the Taliban.

June 18, 2009 5:08 PM ET


Blog   |   Afghanistan, CPJ

Documentary captures a fixer's harsh reality

Photo by Teru KuwayamaIn New York, the Tribeca Film Festival showed a strong documentary, The Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi, on Sunday. After the screening, I moderated a panel that featured director Ian Olds and Naqeeb Sherzad, a close friend of Ajmal, shown at left. The panel also included U.S. journalists Christian Parenti, who helped produce the movie and appeared throughout (he and Ajmal had worked closely together), and George Packer, the New Yorker staff writer who, among other things, is considered by many to be one of the best reporters on Iraq. (In a small way, CPJ helped Naqeeb get out of Afghanistan and gain asylum in Sweden.)
April 27, 2009 3:12 PM ET


Alerts   |   Afghanistan

Afghanistan: BBC reporter gunned down

New York, June 9, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists joins with the family and colleagues of  Afghan journalist Abdul Samad Rohani in mourning his death, and calls on the recently appointed governor of Helmand province, Gulab Mangal, to press investigators to find his killers.

Rohani disappeared on Saturday near Lashkar Gah, Helmand’s capital. He was found dead near the city the next day, shot several times. Rohani was the Helmand reporter for the Pashto service of the BBC and also contributed to the Pajhwok Afghan news agency, the country’s largest independent news service.

June 9, 2008 12:00 PM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Afghanistan

Attacks on the Press 2007: Afghanistan


Six years after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, journalists were increasingly pessimistic about the future. The personal tragedies of several Afghan journalists illustrated how much the press situation had worsened amid political disarray, faltering security, and human rights abuses. Despite the adversity, domestic news media remained plentiful and assertive.
February 5, 2008 12:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   Afghanistan

Afghan journalist Ajmal Nakshbandi killed by captors

New York, April 9, 2007
-The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply saddened by the brutal murder of Afghan journalist Ajmal Nakshbandi.

Several Taliban spokesmen told media organizations in Kabul that the group had beheaded Naqshbandi in the Garmsir district of Helmand province Sunday afternoon, after the Afghan government refused to release senior Taliban leaders in captivity.

April 9, 2007 12:00 PM ET



Ajmal Naqshbandi

Photo Teru KuwayamaTaliban fighters beheaded reporter Ajmal Naqshbandi in the Garmsir district of Helmand province after the Afghan government refused demands to free jailed Taliban leaders in exchange for the journalist's release.

Naqshbandi was abducted on March 4 with La Repubblica reporter Daniele Mastrogiacomo and the group's driver, Sayed Agha, in Helmand province. Agha was slain a few days after the abduction, while the Italian Mastrogiacomo was released March 19 in exchange for five Taliban prisoners.

Naqshbandi, a freelance journalist with several clients, was accompanying Mastrogiacomo on a trip to interview Taliban leaders when the kidnapping took place.

April 8, 2007 12:00 AM ET


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