International Federation of Journalists Condemns “Arbitrary” Trial of Afghan Journalist

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Wednesday called on the Taliban regime to drop all charges against Afghan journalist Khaled Qaderi and cease its persecution of journalists for their independent reporting.

“Qaderi, a reporter working for Radio Nawruz, local TV channel in Herat province, has been in Taliban custody since his arrest on March 17” IFJ said.

Taliban in mid-April sentenced Qaderi to one year in prison through a military court for criticizing the Taliban publicly.

The Taliban Intelligence Service (Istikhbarat) accused Qaderi of conducting “espionage for foreign media” and criticizing the Taliban through social media platforms.

Qaderi during the court hearing said that he realized his errors and deleted the posts from his Facebook page. Qaderi was not represented by a lawyer and he was also forced to agree not to appeal the verdict.

Before the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August, complaints against journalists and Afghan media outlets were reviewed by a Media Offensive Verification Committee in the Ministry of Information and Culture and then referred to the court if the commission determined to do so.

The Taliban have repeatedly arrested, tortured and threatened the Afghan journalists in several occasions and also restricted media freedoms in Afghanistan.

Editors Note: Story “AFGHAN-JOURNALIST-SENTENCED-IN-JAIL” corrected on 12.05.2022 05:07. The prior version had a minor typographic error.

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