IFJ Condemns Acid Attack on Senior Afghan Journalist

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins

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

condemning a brutal attack on senior journalist Abdul Razaq Mamoon on the

evening of January 18.



from the AIJA indicate that Mamoon was entering his home in the Microrayon-3

area of Kabul when

he was attacked by a lone assailant who sprayed acid on his face and fled. Police

reportedly found knives and other lethal weapons left by the attacker as he



Mamoon was

hospitalised with serious burn injuries to his face, though his vision and

other vital functions are unimpaired.


“The IFJ

condemns this vicious attack and joins the AIJA in demanding an open inquiry to

immediately bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.



formerly a well-known news anchor on Afghan television, is a regular political

analyst on talk shows and the founder and director of the recently established

news agency Bost-e-Bastan. A book that he published recently brings together

the results of a number of journalistic investigations that he has conducted on

neighbouring Iran’s role in

destabilising Afghanistan.

He reportedly claimed in an interview with a private Afghan TV network that Iran is

involved in the attack on him.



president Rahimullah Samander

expressed shock and sadness at the attack, which he said “shows that Afghan

journalists and media workers are in extreme danger as they pursue their duty

to report impartially and in the public interest.”


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information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919



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