Salam Watandar correspondent taken away by intelligence forces

MAIMANA (SW) – A senior Salam Watandar correspondent in Faryab province has been taken away by the Islamic Emirate intelligence forces.

Feroze Ghafouri, the head of Tamna Radio in Faryab, said that Talha, the deputy intelligence officer of this province, along with several other forces, took Salam Watandar reporter Alauddin Erkin from his office at 10:30 this morning.

He told Salam Watandar that Erkin first received a call and was asked about his location.

Ghafouri said that a few minutes later, Talha, Faryab’s deputy intelligence officer, went to his office with some forces and took the journalist of Salamat Watandar with him. He added that the intelligence forces did not say anything about the reason and motive of Alauddin Erkin’s arrest.

Erkin’s mobile number was off and no one has been able to establish contact with him.

Later in the evening, Erkin contacted his office and informed the intelligence forces released him after few hours of detention.

This is not the first time that the intelligence forces of the Islamic Emirate have arrested a journalist of Salam Watandar. Earlier, in two separate incidents in Kabul, Salam Watandar journalists who had gone to cover women’s protests were arrested and detained for several hours.

This is while the Islamic Emirate announced the establishment of a media complaints and violations commission a few months ago.

The spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, Zabihullah Mujahid, told the conference that from now on, cases related to the media and journalists will be investigated through this commission and the security forces will not interfere.