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UNAMA calls for halt to arbitrary detentions of Journalists in Afghanistan

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed the release of Mortaza Behboudi, an Afghan-French journalist, and called on the interim administration to halt the arbitrary detention of journalists.

Murtaza Behboudi was arrested in January of this year and, after spending 284 days in detention, was released on Thursday, October 19, from Pul-e-Charkhi prison.

Reporters Without Borders has said that the Taliban administration has acquitted Mr. Behboudi of all charges, including “espionage,” “unlawful support for foreigners,” and assisting individuals in crossing borders.

UNAMA emphasized that “we actively engage with the authorities in power to protect the media and end arbitrary detentions.”

Meanwhile, a day before Murtaza Behboudi’s release, two of the three Radio Nasim journalists detained in Dykundi province by the Taliban administration were also released.

The chief editor of Radio Nasim and two other journalists from the same media outlet were detained in Dykundi about ten days ago without clear reasons, with the chief editor remaining in custody.

Over the last two years, there has been a concerning pattern of journalists being routinely detained by the Taliban authorities in different provinces. UNAMA, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, strongly condemns this practice as arbitrary and a grave threat to media freedom.

These detentions violate the fundamental rights of journalists and undermine the vital role of a free and independent media in any democratic society.

Protecting journalists and upholding media freedom must remain a top priority to ensure transparency and the flow of crucial information to the public in Afghanistan.

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