Canadian broadcaster’s two local employees freed

first_img Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Receive email alerts AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders welcomes today’s release of two local employees of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – brothers Shokoor Feroz, a fixer, and Qaem Feroz, a driver – who had been held by the National Directorate of Security, an intelligence agency, since CBC reporter Melissa Fung’s abduction on 12 October”We thank President Hamid Karzai and the many other Afghans and Canadians who interceded on behalf of the unjustly detained Feroz brothers,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The protests by CBC’s journalists and management illustrated in an exemplary manner that the defence of the local employees of foreign media should be a priority. The Afghan authorities should compensate the two brothers for their six weeks in detention.”__________________________________________________________21.11.2008Authorities urged to free CBC reporter’s fixer and driver if no evidence links them to abductionReporters Without Borders calls on Afghan interior minister Mohamad Hanif Atmar to release two local employees of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Kabul – brothers Shokoor Feroz, a fixer, and Qaem Feroz, a driver – who were arrested a few hours after CBC reporter Melissa Fung’s abduction on 12 October 2008. Fung was freed four weeks later but the Feroz brothers are still detained by the National Directorate of Security (NDS).“If there is evidence against Shokoor and Qaem Feroz, they should be brought before a judge, but it is becoming more and more apparent that their prolonged detention by the NDS is a mistake,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The success of the security forces in freeing Fung should now be followed by their release. There should be no double standards in this case.”It is clear from Fung’s statements after her release on 8 November and the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders from other CBC journalists that the Feroz brothers were not involved in the Canadian journalist’s abduction. Shokoor Feroz even warned her of the dangers they were running while reporting at the refugee camp near Kabul where she was kidnapped. Fung has never suggested that her fixer and driver were in any way implicated.The Feroz brothers are currently held at NDS headquarters in Kabul. They have not been charged and are being held with criminals who were, like them, detained as suspects in the case. Shokoor Feroz has been a CBC fixer for three years. He previously worked for an airline.CBC and a group of journalists who have worked with the Feroz brothers have also asked the Afghan authorities to produce evidence of their guilt or release them. In a letter to President Hamid Karzai, the CBC journalists wrote: “Each of us has placed our lives in the hands of the Feroz brothers. Neither has ever betrayed that responsibility and thus we have immense trust in both.”CBC News publisher John Cruickshank said in a 13 November message that his staff were working to obtain the release of the Feroz brothers.This is not the first time Afghan fixers have been killed or imprisoned as a result of their work with foreign journalists. Adjmal Nasqhbandi and Sayed Agha were killed by Taliban insurgents in 2007 for working with Italian reporter Daniele Mastrogiacomo.center_img May 3, 2021 Find out more AfghanistanAsia – Pacific News RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan News to go further November 24, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Canadian broadcaster’s two local employees freed Follow the news on Afghanistan March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Journalists roughed up by pro-government lawyers

first_imgJournalists roughed up by pro-government lawyers BangladeshAsia – Pacific News News February 22, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Organisation September 10, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Follow the news on Bangladesh Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Receive email alerts BangladeshAsia – Pacific News Reporters Without Borders today deplored the manhandling by pro-government lawyers of a dozen journalists, mostly photographers, in court buildings in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, on 6 September and said it was greatly concerned about growing violence against journalists in the country.A dozen photographers were taking pictures of a brawl between lawyers supporting the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party and others backing the opposition Awami League when they were attacked, their equipment damaged and film destroyed. Two photographers were taken to hospital with minor injuries.Reporters Without Borders called on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to investigate the incident and punish those responsible. It charged that the media were being frequently attacked by the government and its supporters in the unstable political climate and said Bangladesh was one of the few countries where journalists were targeted on a daily basis by the government and security forces.It also reiterated its concern about summary legal proceedings such as those against journalist Hiramon Mondol, whose trial on trumped-up charges began on 1 September.The photographers injured in the courthouse attack were Mohammed Hasan (Bhorer Kagoj), Subir Kumar (Ajker Kagoj), Shafiqul Alam and Indrajit Ghose (both of News Today), Feroz Chowdhury (Prothom Alo), Mahbub Hossain Nabin (Jugantor), Shambu Nath Nandi (Bangladesh Observer) and Shafiqul Islam (Kagoj), along with Bhorer Kagoj reporter Russell Akhter. The Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and the Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) called for a demonstration in front of the National Press Club today (10 September) to protest against the violence.Reporters Without Borders has recorded 51 physical attacks on journalists in Bangla Desh so far this year, including a dozen murder attempts, as well as 50 death threats, 13 arrests, 14 unjustified prosecutions and five kidnappings. May 19, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage February 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News to go furtherlast_img read more