RTA Journalist Neda Mohammad Noori Detained in Parwan Province

RTA Journalist Neda Mohammad Noori Detained in Parwan Province

Neda Mohammad Noori was arrested by the provincial intelligence department in Charikar, the capital of Parwan province, on May 4, 2024. The photo was taken from the RTA YouTube channel.

May 6, 2024

Charikar, Parwan Province - Journalist Neda Mohammad Noori of Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) has been unlawfully held by Taliban intelligence in Parwan province for the past three days. The Afghanistan Journalists Center strongly condemns Noori's detention and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.

A journalist in Parwan province, who spoke to AFJC on the condition of anonymity due to fear of retaliation by local Taliban officials, Neda Mohammad Noori was apprehended by the provincial intelligence department at 8 am on May 4 while commuting from his home to the office in Charikar. He is believed to have been targeted for collaborating with exiled Afghan media outlets. Taliban officials in Parwan have reportedly warned local journalists against working with these outlets, accusing them of spreading anti-Taliban propaganda.

Noori has been a dedicated reporter, anchor, and news producer for RTA in Parwan province since 2007. AFJC urges the Taliban officials in Parwan to release Noori immediately and without conditions, stressing the importance of protecting journalists' right to report freely without fear of persecution or censorship. AFJC also calls on the Taliban General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) to cease its arbitrary arrests of journalists, which only serve to stifle press freedom and promote self-censorship. Journalists must be allowed to operate in accordance with Afghanistan's media law.

At present, three journalists are being unjustly held in custody across the country. AFJC's findings show that over the past year alone, at least 64 journalists and media workers have been detained, with many cases involving breaches of Taliban media regulations that conflict with Afghan media legislation. Non-compliance with these directives is being unlawfully criminalized.