Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Afghan YouTuber Ajmal Haqiqi & his Colleagues Get Released

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
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Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

Afghan YouTuber Ajmal Haqiqi and his three colleagues arbitrarily arrested on charges of “insulting Islamic sacred values” were released on Wednesday.

In a video circulating on social media, Haqiqi confirmed his release and that of his three colleagues namely, Omid Aman, Ghulam Sakhi, and Obidullah Majeedi. He says they spent nearly six months in prison.

Haqiqi and his colleagues’ release comes right after the release of two American nationals on Tuesday. Two American nationals along with their Afghan colleague Faizullah Faizbaksh were arrested while they were filming the scene of a U.S. drone strike that killed Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri earlier in August in Kabul.

The U.S. Department of States Spokesperson Ned Price described it as a “good gesture” from the Taliban authorities, however, their Afghan colleague, Faizullah Faizbaksh has not been released and no one knows about his whereabouts.

Amnesty International, Committee to Protect Journalists and other journalism advocacy organizations have repeatedly called on Afghanistan’s de facto regime to immediately release journalists who have been arbitrarily arrested.

On the contrary, the Taliban’s Islamist regime has imposed tough restrictions on press freedom and private media outlets, forcing hundreds of journalists to quit their jobs or flee the country for their survival.

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