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first_img News January 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor freed after 28 hours in detention Reporters Without Borders today strongly protest at the “illegal” arrest and detention in custody of Assadolah Vahidi, editor of the daily Sarnewesht and called for his immediate release. He was arrested yesterday on the orders of Afghanistan’s chief prosecutor, on the strength of a complaint from President Hamid Karzai’s national security advisor, without any consultation with the Commission for Media Complaints.This arrest was illegal, in terms of the way it was carried out, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. Under the current media law, any press case should first go before the Commission for Media Complaints, which is the responsibility of the information and culture ministry, which then has the power to send a file to the prosecutor and to proceed to possible imprisonment of a journalist.Even if the newspaper has published news that is inaccurate, the imprisonment of the editor of Sarnewesht and keeping him in custody until he apologises is illegal and is a violation of press freedom. Vahidi was arrested on 9 January following a complaint from Rangin Dadafar Spanta, the president’s national security advisor and on the direct orders of Afghanistan’s chief prosecutor. The newspaper had published a report about the creation of an “armed group” by a brother of Rangin Dadafar Spanta. Chief prosecutor Mohammad Eshagh Alko, told the media that “this arrest has been ordered by the Commission for Media Complaints”, while the information and culture minister, Seid Makhodm Rahin said, “The commission had no responsibility for this arrest”. Reporters Without Borders noted with concern that illegal detention of journalists is becoming more and more common in Afghanistan. Hojatullah Mujadadi, director of Radio Kapisa, has been in custody for more than 100 days, accused by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) of “terrorist activities”, without any serious evidence. Several other Afghan journalists have complained to Reporters Without Borders of suffering violent or threatening behaviour on the part of police or members of the NDS. June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information May 3, 2021 Find out more AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Afghanistan RSF_en AfghanistanAsia – Pacific News News Organisation RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Reporters Without Borders welcomes yesterday’s release of Assadolah Vahidi, editor of the Afghan daily Sarnewesht, 28 hours after he was detained. He was arrested on 9 January on the orders of the chief prosecutor following a complaint by one of President Hamid Karzai’s national security advisers.Vahidi said in an interview that he had been mistreated by the prosecution service. “I was kept in the same cell as common criminals,” he said. “They asked me to apologise. I refused because my detention was illegal. I thank President Hamid Karzai and all the organizations for their support.”————————Call for release of editor Assadolah Vahidi10-01-2011 News March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img

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