The Afghan Interior Ministry reported that it has begun investigations to determine the whereabouts and condition of Ali Akbar Khairkhwa, a journalist with the daily Subh-e-Kabul; and Jamaluddin Deldar, director of the Paktia Gardiz Voice radio station.
The Taliban denied arresting Khairkhwa, but we have seen that they have previously arrested several journalists, so there is a possibility that Khairkhwa has also been arrested, said Abdul Razaq Ikhtiar of the Subh-e-Kabul newspaper.
The family of Deldar, head of the Paktia Gardiz Voice radio station, confirmed that Deldar was indeed arrested by the Islamic Emirate (Taliban government) forces last Tuesday.
We have no information about him, why he was arrested or where he is now. He was arrested by the Islamic Emirate forces and is still in their custody, said the radio station’s chief, Islamuddin Sanjar.
The head of media watchdog Free Speech Hub, Abdul Mutalib Faraji, stressed that the government is responsible for providing security for journalists and the media, and has to respond in such cases.
Meanwhile, Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Nafay Takor said that the mentioned problems are under investigation, and when it is finished it will be shared with the public.
According to available figures, more than 140 cases of violence against journalists have been reported in Afghanistan in the last nine months.