Afghan journalists killed in recent years

September 9, 2009
Sultan Mohammed Munadi, (The New York Times), 34,is killed in a military raid which rescues his New York Times colleague Stephen Farrell in an area near Kunduz.

March 11, 2009
Jawed Ahmad, (freelance fixer/producer for CTV and other outlets), 23, is shot while driving in Kandahar. The motive of his killing is unconfirmed. The Committee to Protect Journalists’ is investigating to determine whether the death was work related.

June 7 or 8, 2008
Abdul Samad Rohani, (BBC and Pajhwok Afghan News), 25, disappears in Helmand. The next day his body is found dumped in a cemetery. He worked for the BBC Pashto Service and the Pajhwok Afghan News Agency in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan

June 4, 2007
Zakia Zaki, (Sada-i-Sulh), 35, is shot by unidentified gunmen who storm into her bedroom in the Parwan province. She ran the only independent radio station in the province.

April 8, 2007
Ajmal Naqshbandi, (freelance), 24, is beheaded by his Taliban captors in Helmand province, Afghanistan. His Italian colleague, La Republicca reporter Daniele Mastrogiacomo, had been released earlier in a deal. But Naqshbandi’s driver, Sayed Agha, (freelance media worker), who was kidnapped along with Naqshbandi and Mastrogiacomo on March 5, 2007 was beheaded less than two weeks later, on March 15. Naqshbandi’s life and death is the subject of the documentary “Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi.”  

July 22, 2006

Abdul Qodus, (Aryana TV), 25, a cameraman for Aryana TV, is killed in a double suicide bombing in Kandahar. He had rushed in to film the aftermath of the first bombing when he was caught by the second.

For more information on these journalists and others who have been killed on the job, visit the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Web site: