Media Watchdog Calls For Probe Into Afghan Journalist's Murder

By RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan
May 21, 2013

KABUL -- A leading press freedom organization in Afghanistan, Nai, has demanded an investigation into the killing of a journalist who was found dead after being missing for weeks.

In a statement, Nai called on Afghan authorities to probe the murder of Mohammad Mohsin Hashimi in northern Kapisa Province.

Abdul Woudod Haideri, district governor of Nijrab in Kapisa, told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that Hashimi's body was recovered from a well close to his home. He had stab wounds.

Haideri said that Hashimi, 30, worked for a local radio station called the Voice of Nijrab.

Haidari said that police have arrested three suspects in connection with the murder.

Activists say three journalists have been killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of this year.

During the same period, Nai has recorded 17 incidents of violence against journalists.

With reporting by BBC Pashto