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Arrest of Afghan Journalists Highlights Larger Concerns

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image Afghan journalists film at the site of a bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, February 9, 2021. © 2021 Rahmat Gul/AP Images The arrests this week of four journalists in Kandahar underscore rising concerns the Afghan government is trying to shield itself from media criticism. Among the many threats they face, Afghanistan’s embattled journalists should not also have to face prosecution for doing their jobs. On July 26, four journalists – Mohib Obaidi, Sanaullah Siyam, Qudrat Sultani, and Bismillah Watandost – were arrested by the National Directorate of Security,…

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