The provincial office of the Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) in Kapisa province reports that Abdul Hanan Mohammadi, the association’s provincial deputy, has disappeared after receiving threats.

The Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association released a statement on Monday, June 13th, stating that the association’s provincial representative had gone missing from the Hessa Awal area of Kapisa since yesterday noon.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has also tweeted today on June 13, denouncing “increase in arbitrary arrests of journalists”, while asking the Taliban “to provide explanations”.

Abdul Hanan Mohammadi was previously threatened by the Taliban, according to a relative of Hanan Mohammadi who spoke to the media on the condition of anonymity.

He stated that the missing journalist was most certainly detained by the Taliban.

The association demanded that local Taliban authorities in Kapisa be held accountable and that Hanan Mohammadi’s fate be clarified.

In recent months, there has been an upsurge in journalist assaults, arrests, and continual threats, and media coverage has been more restricted. Twelve journalists have been detained by the Taliban in the last month, according to Reporters Without Borders.

Author

  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).