Radio Station Attacked and Looted in Northern Afghanistan


The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins

its affiliate, the Afghan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA), in

condemning an attack on Radio Payam in the northern Afghanistan

province of Baghlan.


According to

information available to the AIJA, the radio station was attacked by seven unidentified

men early in the morning of January 31. Some of the facilities were damaged but

the main objective seems to have been theft, with equipment worth an estimated

USD 30,000, including the station’s transmitter, reportedly removed by the



The local

leadership of the Taliban and the Hezb-e-Isalami have denied any involvement in

the attack on the station, located a mere 500 metres from a police checkpoint.


“The IFJ is

deeply worried by this targeted assault on an independent radio station, with

the apparent motive of silencing its broadcasts,” said IFJ

Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park.


“We join the

AIJA in calling for a thorough investigation by the national and provincial

security agencies, in order to provide Afghanistan’s journalists with a minimum

assurance that they can function without fear in these crucial times for the




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