Taliban Assassinates Radio Manager, Kidnaps Journalists

The Taliban has killed Toofan Omar, the station manager of Paktia Ghag radio in Kabul, and kidnapped Nematullah Hemat, a journalist in the Helmand Province.

Media in Afghanistan (NAI) Director Abdul Mujeeb Khelwatger said Omar, who was also their member was shot while he was traveling to Kabul from the nearby Parwan province and died on the way to the hospital. 

“He was a liberal man…we are being targeted for working independently,” said Khelwatger.

Khelwatger also reported that Taliban fighters had also abducted Gharghasht TV’s journalist, Nematullah Hemat, from his home in Lashkar Gah.

“There is just absolutely no clue where the Taliban have taken Hemat…we are really in a state of panic, said Gharghasht TV head Razwan Miakhel.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged the Afghan government to protect journalists while covering the conflict in their country. 

“Journalists must be able to cover this important moment in Afghanistan’s history, and authorities should do everything possible to ensure they can do so safely,” said Carlos Martínez de la Serna, CPJ’s program director. 

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