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Watchdog calls for protection of journalists; Aihrc demands release of journalists by NDS

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KABUL: Free Media Support Organization, NAI, has called on the Afghan warring parties to protect media community.

The media watchdog said in a statement on Friday that the Taliban fighters have purportedly raided the office of local radio station after they overrun the Dehraud district of southern Urozgan province. The radio stations is named Dihraud Ghag.

The statement quoted provincial governor spokesperson as saying that the Taliban destroyed the radio station and looted its equipment.

NAI also accused the militant group of being failed to fulfill its commitment as the group earlier announced to refrain from harming journalists and media outlets but “Dihraud incident showed that they felt short fulfilling promises”.

This comes as the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) in a statement called on the government to immediately release the four journalists detained by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) over anti-government propagandas.

The watchdog also urged the Afghan government to ensure protection for the journalists. This comes as Afghanistan was last year described as world’s dangerous country for the journalists. The journalists were identified as Bismillah Watandost, Qudratullah Sultani and Mohib Obaidi from Radio Mellat and sanaullah Seyyam, a photo journalist from Shinhawa. They were on their way back from Spin-Boldak while arrested by the NDS forces.

Last year, 11 journalists were killed in a series of targeted killing in Afghanistan. However, the perpetrators of the attack are yet to be held accountable.

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