Iranian Cameraman Dies After Kabul Attack

The International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliates and partners in the South Asia Media

Solidarity Network (SAMSN) deeply mourn the death of Farhad Taqaddosi,

cameraman for the Iranian news channel Press TV after serious injuries suffered

in the insurgent attack in Kabul

on September 13.


Taqaddosi, 23, was an Iranian national

who had been working in Kabul

for Press TV for two years. According to reports received from IFJ affiliate

the Afghan Independent Journalists’ Association (AIJA), Taqadossi suffered serious

shock when a rocket propelled grenade fired by insurgents exploded near him.


He was hospitalised immediately

after the incident but his condition progressively deteriorated and he died on

September 20.


The September 13 attack involved a

number of gunmen storming a highly fortified part of Kabul

city where the US

embassy, NATO headquarters and the offices of Press TV are located. All three

are believed to have been targets of the attack.


Parvez Safai and Abdur Rahim,

cameramen with Press TV and the state-controlled Radio Television Afghanistan

(RTA) were also injured in the attack, though they have since recovered and

will soon resume work.


“The IFJ calls upon media organisations

to develop protocols for the coverage of insurgency-related violence that

ensure the safety of news gatherers while safeguarding the public’s right to information,”

IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline

Park said.


“Taqadossi’s death speaks of the

continuing hazards that journalists face in Afghanistan.”


“The IFJ extends condolences to

Taqadossi’s family and colleagues and urges Press TV management to provide

sufficiently for his family in this hour of loss.”


For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919



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