Afghan officials: Neighborhood journalist killed in Ghazni province

KABUL, Afghanistan — A prominent local journalist had been shot dead by unidentified assailants at Afghanistan’s central Ghazni province on Monday — that the fourth largest to be murdered in the war-ravaged country in only two weeks. Afghanistan is considered one of the planet’s most dangerous countries for journalists.

Rahmatullah Nekzad was gunned down as he left his house in Ghazni City to stroll into a local mosque, ” said Ahmad Khan Serat, spokesman for the provincial police chief.

Nekzad, who led the Ghazni Journalists’ Union, was known in the region. He had led to The Associated Press because 2007 and had formerly worked for the Al Jazeera satellite TV station.

“Rahmatullah Nikzad’s critical work Maintaining the continuing battle in Afghanistan was brought to a tragic conclusion with this barbarous killing,” said Aliya Iftikhar, Committee to Protect Journalists’ senior Asia researcher. “The current spate of killings of journalists in Afghanistan is improper as well as the Afghan government has to redouble efforts to guarantee justice and security for members of the press “

Nikzad had received risks from various sources through the last few years and had informed national and local officials concerning them, Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar, manager of the Afghan press freedom organization NAI, told CPJ in a telephone interview.

During his career, Nekzad had been detained many times by the USA, the Afghan authorities, and Taliban insurgents. His peers stated he prided himself on telling all sides of a story.

“We believe this murdering a reduction for the nation,” said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

Islamic Condition militants, blamed for a series of strikes on a range of goals in Afghanistan lately, claimed that it had murdered another Afghan journalist before this season. 2 assailants opened fire and killed TV anchorwoman Malala Maiwand because she left her home in southern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. Her driver was murdered.

In November two journalists were murdered in separate bombings.

The global press freedom group Reporters Without Borders has called Afghanistan among the planet’s deadliest countries for journalists.

The Afghan Journalists’ Safety Committee stated seven media employees have been murdered this year.