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9 September 2009 |

Kidnapped "New York Times" journalist freed; Afghan interpreter dies in crossfire

A "New York Times" reporter kidnapped four days ago in northern Afghanistan has been freed in a military operation that left his Afghan translator dead.
8 September 2009 |

Journalist Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh freed on presidential pardon

Kambakhsh's lawyer confirmed that his client was released several weeks ago after President Hamid Karzai secretly signed a pardon.
1 September 2009 |

IFJ welcomes end to US media vetting in Afghanistan

IFJ 0welcomed a decision by the US army to abandon vetting of journalists covering the Afghanistan conflict.
27 August 2009 |

Journalists' groups protest over US media vetting

The IFJ and United States journalists' groups have condemned the military's vetting of journalists covering the Afghanistan conflict to see if they are sympathetic to the American cause.
21 August 2009 |

Afghan police beat, detain journalists during election

Security forces obstructed, assaulted and detained Afghan and foreign journalists, enforcing a gag order on news of violent incidents during the presidential election.
19 August 2009 |

Government forbids reporting attacks during election

The government should lift orders for a media blackout on election-related violence during the presidential polls, CPJ said.
12 August 2009 |

Two AP journalists wounded in Afghanistan IED attack

(CPJ/IFEX) - New York, August 12, 2009 - Tuesday's roadside bomb attack that seriously wounded two Associated Press journalists highlights the dangers journalists face in covering the escalating conflict in Afghanistan.
4 August 2009 |

Ministry to investigate police violence against journalists

IFJ and AIJA welcome an investigation by the Ministry of Interior into a recent attack on journalists by police in Herat.
15 July 2009 |

Journalist kidnapped, IFJ concerned that dangers faced by journalists may escalate leading up to August elections

IFJ is concerned that the dangers faced by journalists may be escalating rapidly as Afghanistan prepares for nation-wide elections. An Al-Jazeera journalist was kidnapped in Kunar province.
24 June 2009 |

"New York Times" reporter and his fixer escape from Taliban kidnappers

RSF is very relieved to learn that David Rohde and Tahir Ludin managed to escape on 19 June after seven months in captivity.
17 June 2009 |

Two Al-Jazeera producers detained

Intelligence officials at the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Kabul should immediately release two Afghan journalists detained on Sunday, CPJ said today.
11 June 2009 |

Doubts arise about government's desire for justice in case of BBC reporter killed one year ago

The Afghan authorities failed to properly investigate the murder of Abdul Samad Rohani
5 June 2009 |

Radio station director's murder still unpunished two years later

Radio journalist Zakia Zaki's murder two years ago tomorrow is still unpunished and her husband assures Reporters Without Borders that the lack of progress with the investigation is almost certainly due to the influence of the murder's masterminds.
4 June 2009 |

Khost-based reporter freed after being held for two days

Journalist Noorajan Bahir of independent radio Killid was released from a military base near the eastern town of Khost shortly before noon (local time) on 4 June 2009.
24 April 2009 |

TV reporter released, "defamation" and "insult" charges still pending

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders welcomes TV reporter and presenter Fahim Kohdamani's release on 19 April 2009 after four weeks of detention in Kabul and calls for the withdrawal of the "defamation" and "insult" charges still pending against him, especially as the organisation has obtained a letter proving that his arrest was the result of a complaint by Iranian officials.
24 March 2009 |

Television presenter Fahim Kohdamani arrested on charges of "anti-Islamic" broadcasting; journalist Ajmal Alamzai detained but released same day

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by the arrests, on 23 March 2009 in Kabul, of two commercial TV presenters, Fahim Kohdamani of Emroz and Ajmal Alamzai of Ariana TV. Alamzai was released later the same day but Kohdamani is still being held.
18 March 2009 |

RSF releases report of fact-finding mission on state of press freedom under Karzai's rule

(RSF/IFEX) - The following is a 16 March 2009 RSF press release:
11 March 2009 |

Twenty-year sentence upheld for journalist Parwez Kambakhsh; Human Rights Watch fears for his safety

(HRW/IFEX) - The following is a 10 March 2009 Human Rights Watch press release:
11 March 2009 |

Young journalist Jawed Ahmad gunned down in Kandahar

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders is dismayed to learn that Jawed Ahmad, an Afghan journalist who worked for Canadian media, including the broadcaster CTV News, was gunned down on 10 March 2009 by two men in a vehicle as he was getting out of his own car in the centre of the southern city of Kandahar. Ahmad, also known as Jojo Yazemi, died on the spot. His body was taken to a nearby hospital where members of his family and friends have gathered by his side.
27 January 2009 |

"Payman" news editor freed after eight days in detention

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders hails the 21 January 2009 release of Nazari Paryani, the news editor of the daily "Payman", after eight days in detention in Kabul over an allegedly blasphemous article that was published by mistake. Paryani was freed provisionally and still faces possible prosecution. Reporters Without Borders calls for all charges against the paper to be dropped.

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