Radio producer and presenter found dead in Helmand

Radio producer and presenter found dead in Helmand

Lashkargah: Jan 24, 2014

Afghanistan Journalists Center is saddened to learn that the body of Noor Ahmad Noor, a 25-year-old employee of local radio Boost in the Southern unrest Helmand province, was found.

His body with signs of strangulation and severe marks of blows to the head was found in a sack near provincial capital lashkargah on Thursday at around 9pm, 11 hours after he disappeared.

Talking to Afghanistan Journalists Center, head of Boost Abdul Salam Zahed said Noori went missing from the Moaref St in the center of the capital lashkargah.

“I do a bit walking in the city as usual, he told to his brother before went missing at around 10 am”, Zahed added.

Head of Boost Radio said, Noori was producer and presenter of two religious programs of the radio since 2008 and had earlier worked with The New York Time newspaper as well.

“It is still too early to talk about a motive and he was not aware of threats being made against him.” Zahed added

According to a friend of Noori, he was leading an English training course and working with Haq wa Edalat(Right and Justice party)too.

Helmand Governor Mohammad Naeem told reporters,  Noori had been killed in mysterious circumstances and investigations had been initiated to identify who were behind his killing.

Afghanistan Journalists Center has condemned the murder of Noor Ahmad Noori in the strongest terms and called in the Afghan government to seriously pursue the case.

Since 1993, as many as 39 journalists, writers and other media workers have been killed in Afghanistan -- 23 of them in targeted attacks -- and 16 others in fighting and explosions including 3 journalists(Two in insurgents targeted attacks and on in explosion) in Helamand.

AFJC finding shows the killers - with the exception of two cases - continue to enjoy impunity.