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US forces arrest journalist in Afghanistan, hold him in Bagh-e-Sara NATO airbase

US-led coalition forces have arrested Noorajan Bahir, of radio Killid in Khost, eastern Afghanistan, along with his two brothers, Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. Bahir was arrested on Tuesday by coalition forces and members of the Afghan military and is now reportedly being held in the NATO base at Bagh-e-Sara.

“It is essential and urgent that coalition forces’ officials provide precise information about the reason they arrested this experienced reporter," RSF said.

The 28-year-old journalist, who is married, has worked for the independent radio station since 2004.

Director of the Killid Group, Najiba Ayubi, told RSF that she was extremely worried: “We do not understand why he has been arrested or why it was done in this manner. They could summon him and this arrest was not necessary. We have not forgotten the awful case of journalist Jawed Ahmad [an Afghan reporter working for Canadian television, arrested by US forces and held for almost a year].”

Date posted: June 4, 2009 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 333