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Gunmen shot journalist dead in Jalalabad

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Kabul: A famous journalist, Sayed Marouf Sadat was shot dead by a number of unidentified gunmen on Saturday evening in Jalalabad, the capital city for the eastern Nangarhar province.

The incident occurred in PD five of Jalalabad.

The Afghan Journalist Safety Committee said in a statement that Sadat was heading to an invitation, while his car become under fire by some gunmen, who were riding a Rickshaw.

 According to the statement, Sadat’s son, an individual and two members of the “Taliban were in the care.”

The Taliban forces were killed alongside Sadat, the statement said, adding that “two others including his son were wounded.

This comes as the human rights watch on Friday in a statement voiced frustration over the treatment of the Taliban Islamic Movement towards the Taliban. “Taliban authorities imposed wide-ranging restrictions on media and free speech,” the organization quoted Patricia Gossman, associate Asia director at Human Rights Watch in a statement.

“Despite the Taliban’s promises to allow media that ‘respected Islamic values’ to function, the new rules are suffocating media freedom in the country. The Taliban regulations are so sweeping that journalists are self-censoring and fear ending up in prison.” 

In reaction to the Human Rights Watch statement over the imposition of restriction by the interim cabinet of the Taliban Islamic Movement, the government said that the media are allowed to continue their activities.

An official at the ministry of information and culture, Mawlavi Noor Mohammad Motawakil said that the “Islamic Emirate” remains supportive to the media.

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