Afghan Govt Should Thoroughly Investigate Killings of Three Female Media Workers in Nangarhar: CPJ

Afghan Govt Should Thoroughly Investigate Killings of Three Female Media Workers in Nangarhar: CPJ

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3 Mar 2021

Afghan authorities should thoroughly investigate and hold to account the killings of three employees of Enikass Radio and TV and take steps to protect the station, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Tuesday night.

The shooting deaths followed the murder in December of a reporter at the broadcaster and her driver.

“We are alarmed by the killing of Mursal Wahidi, Sadia Sadat, and Shahnaz Roafi, and the repeated attacks on Enikass Radio and TV, which must be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted,” said Aliya Iftikhar, CPJ’s senior Asia researcher. “Working for a news outlet or broadcaster in Afghanistan carries immense risk, and impunity will only further the cycle of violence and fear.”

In two separate attacks on Tuesday, unidentified gunmen shot and killed Mursal Wahidi, Sadia Sadat, and Shahnaz Roafi, who worked at Enikass in Jalalabad, the capital of the eastern province of Nangarhar.

One suspect has been arrested and police are investigating the killings, according to reports.

At about 4 p.m., attackers shot Sadat and Roafi while they were walking home from the station together; a few minutes later, gunmen in a different part of the city shot Wahidi.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks and the Taliban has issued a statement denying involvement, according to those news reports.

CPJ called and messaged Nangarhar Police spokesperson Farid Khan for comment, but did not receive any response.

In December 2020, Enikass reporter Malalai Maiwand and her driver were shot and killed, as CPJ documented at the time. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for that killing, saying Maiwand was a “pro-regime” journalist.

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