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30 July 2012 |

A year after journalist's death, U.S. urged to reassess tactics

One year after Ahmad Omaid Khpalwak's death, the odds that a journalist could be killed by U.S. forces' fire seem, unfortunately, to be as high as ever, notes CPJ.
4 July 2012 |

Draft law threatens media freedom, says Human Rights Watch

The draft media law has been moving toward parliament with little or no formal opportunity for civil society to comment.
14 June 2012 |

Media under political and economic pressure

Pajhwok Afghan News and other media outlets have been referred to the Attorney General's Office for reporting on an alleged bribery scandal involving a member of Parliament.
30 May 2012 |

Journalist wounded in blast at offices of Dunya Radio

An improvised explosive device destroyed the office of the radio station's director.
25 April 2012 |

French former hostage ready to go back to the front line

In the months since his release, Hervé Ghesquière, a seasoned reporter for the French public TV channel France 3 and a veteran of many wars, has been drawing and sharing the lessons from his abduction and captivity.
25 April 2012 |

Journalist's death must lead to better combat rules

The Afghanistan Analysts Network recently released its report on the July 2011 shooting death of journalist Omaid Khpalwak.
13 March 2012 |

Ministry of Defense spokesman issues statement attacking "Wall Street Journal" reporter

CPJ urges President Hamid Karzai to publicly address Gen. Zahir Azimi's statement and ask all government officials to refrain from attacks on journalists.
23 February 2012 |

Local radio station manager decapitated in Urgun, Paktika

The body of Sadim Khan Bhadrzai, the manager of a popular local radio station, was found on the day after he was kidnapped.
23 September 2011 |

Iranian journalist dies of injuries sustained in Kabul attack

Farhad Taqaddosi is the 21st journalist to be killed in Afghanistan since the 2001 U.S. invasion, CPJ research shows.
13 September 2011 |

IFJ mourns BBC journalist killed by NATO forces

The International Security Assistance Force has admitted that Ahmed Omed Khpulwak was killed by a US soldier who mistook him for an insurgent during a firefight.
28 July 2011 |

BBC reporter killed during Taliban attack in Uruzgan province

Ahmed Omed Khpalwak is the first journalist to be killed in Afghanistan in 2011, according to IPI.
30 June 2011 |

French journalists, interpreter released after being held hostage for 18 months

"We hail the efforts undertaken by the French and Afghan governments, which led to Ghesquière and Taponier and their interpreter being freed safe and sound as a result of negotiation," said RSF.
10 June 2011 |

Religious threat to media intensifies

"Hasht-e-Subh" daily and Tolo Television were criticised for "immorality" and "animosity against Islam", according to media owners.
16 May 2011 |

Growing calls for French journalists to be freed

Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier were kidnapped in the Kapisa region of northeastern Afghanistan, along with their three Afghan assistants, on 29 December 2009.
25 April 2011 |

Government must respect right to report news, says RSF

Security services obstructed many journalists from covering a suicide attack on the Defence Ministry in Kabul.
24 February 2011 |

Journalists detained at scene of alleged civilian deaths

Syed Abdullah Nezami, Sadullah Sahil and Zabihullah were released after being detained in Kunar province where a NATO air strike had reportedly killed up to 50 civilians.
14 February 2011 |

IFJ praises courage of photojournalist severely wounded while reporting Afghanistan war

Giles Duley was on a foot patrol with soldiers in rural Kandahar Province when he stepped on a pressure-plate that detonated a hidden explosive charge, "The New York Times" reported.
2 February 2011 |

Radio station attacked and looted in Baghlan province

Radio Payam's facilities were damaged and the station's transmitter was reportedly removed by intruders during the raid.
20 January 2011 |

Prominent reporter attacked with acid

Razaq Mamoon, who suffered burns to his face and hands, recently completed a book which criticises Iran for interference in Afghanistan's internal affairs.
18 October 2010 |

Intelligence agency tries to force journalist to act as an informant before arresting him

In an audio recording, Hojatullah Mujadadi said he had been summoned several times for questioning by NDS officials, who asked him to fill out a cooperation agreement form.

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