Authorities urged to lose no time in establishing who killed German journalists

first_img to go further RSF_en News June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Afghanistan Organisation Reporters Without Borders today called on the Afghan authorities to quickly identify those responsible for the murders of German freelance journalists Karen Fischer and Christian Struwe and to establish their motives. The Afghan authorities said they had identified six people they want to question.Fischer, 30, and Struwe, 38, were shot dead in the tent in which they were sleeping at a roadside in Baghlan province, north of Kabul, in the early hours of 7 October. They had often worked for the German public broadcasting company Deutsche Welle. They had also worked for UNICEF.“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy, which took place on the day that a Journalists Memorial was inaugurated in Bayeux, in northern France, to pay homage to the dozens of journalists who are killed each year in the course of their work,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The deaths of Fischer and Struwe should serve as a reminder to foreign journalists to take great care when travelling around Afghanistan,” the organisation added.Fischer and Struwe had been on their way to Bamiyan to do a report on its historic sites, including the remains of the large Buddha statues that were demolished by the Taliban in 2001. The gunmen armed with AK-47s who shot them in their tent also riddled their car with bullets. This, and the fact their assailants did take their equipment or passports suggests the motive was not robbery. The Afghan interior ministry expressed regret that Fischer and Struwe were travelling without a guide.Baghlan is a province that has so far seen few attacks by Taliban insurgents. Mullah Dadullah, one of the Taliban military chiefs, announced on 4 September that the movement led by Mullah Omar would kill any journalists who used information provided by the NATO forces operating in Afghanistan. “We have the Islamic right to kill these journalists,” he told the Associated Press.The German government said it condemned the double murder with the “utmost firmness” and called for those responsible to be brought to justice. Last July, an Afghan employee of the privately-owned TV station Aryana was killed when a suicide bomb was quickly followed up by second one in the same place near the southern city of Kandahar. News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific October 9, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities urged to lose no time in establishing who killed German journalists Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says March 11, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information May 3, 2021 Find out more Two German freelance journalists, Karen Fischer and Christian Struwe, have been killed by gunmen in the northern province of Baghlan. The Afghan authorities say they have identified six people they want to question. Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” News Receive email alerts RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan AfghanistanAsia – Pacific last_img read more