Media Release: Afghanistan May 23, 2013
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joints its affiliate, the Afghan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) in strongly condemning the killing of a journalist, Mohammad Mohsin Hashmi in Nijraab district in the eastern province of Kapisa.
According to preliminary inquiries by the AIJA office
in Kapisa province, Hashmi a technician and reporter of the radio station Sadaye
Nijrab disappeared from his home two weeks ago. His family believes that he was
abducted and informed local police accordingly.
Efforts to find and rescue Hashmi did not make much
headway and his body was found on the afternoon of May 20, bearing several stab
wounds. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the killing.
The IFJ extends its support to the AIJA as it seeks to
determine the full background of this killing.
The IFJ is especially worried since this comes just
days after another journalist, Mohammad Nasim Turak was killed in the Laghman
province, again in the eastern part of the country.
The AIJA is also investigating allegations that a
female journalist was killed in Charikar, the capital of Parwan province not
far from Kapisa province.
“After a period of relative calm, when Afghan
journalists enjoyed some degree of security from the threat of physical
attacks, the recent events mark a serious deterioration”, said the IFJ Asia
“We urge the Afghan authorities to complete the
investigations into these incidents with due sense of urgency and bring those
responsible to book”.
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