No free speech in Bush’s ‘new’ Afghanistan

This video says about itself:

Self-immolation by women continues to be a problem in the Afghan province of Herat, with on average 10 women a month attempting suicide by setting themselves on fire. Not all of them succeed.

From Associated Press:

Afghan government detains critical talk show host


KABUL, AfghanistanAfghan intelligence agents detained a TV talk show host critical of the government, the president’s spokesman confirmed Tuesday, accusing private media of coming under the influence of foreign countries.

The real problem, of course, is the Kabul government being under the influence of George W. Bush.

The government said in a statement that Nasir Fayaz, who hosted a weekly show called “Truth,” made baseless accusations against two ministers and called for his prosecution.

“The Cabinet decided that such people, and any other persons who are working in the media and are making baseless accusations, should be prosecuted,” the statement said.

Humayun Hamidzada, the chief spokesman for President Hamid Karzai, confirmed that Fayaz was still being held Tuesday by the Afghan National Directorate of Security.

On Sunday, Fayaz’s show was taken off the air after the Ariana Television Network received a phone call from the intelligence service agent ordering them to stop the broadcast, said Abdul Qadir Mirzai, a spokesman for the station.

“(The intelligence officer) told me are you going to stop the program now or am I going to need to send someone to stop it,” Mirzai said. The channel complied. Mirzai said Fayaz was detained on Monday.

Afghanistan: Open letter from a persecuted journalist [Fayaz]: here.

Majority of Afghan insurgents not Taliban: here.

4 thoughts on “No free speech in Bush’s ‘new’ Afghanistan

  1. Afghanistan Reporter Freed, Charged With Bribe Seeking

    7-31-08 2:27

    KABUL (AFP)–Authorities have freed an Afghan journalist who was detained after alleged criticism of top government officials, but he has been charged with seeking bribes from ministers, his station said Thursday.
    The intelligence service arrested Nasir Fayaz, presenter of an outspoken TV program called “Haqiqat,” or “The Truth,” on privately owned Ariana TV, Monday, a day after the airing of part of his show.

    Authorities alleged the show, in which commentators were invited to give their opinions about developments in the country, had insulted certain ministers. It was halted mid-broadcast on orders of the intelligence agency.

    “Mr. Fayaz was freed Wednesday unconditionally,” Abdul Qadir Mirzai, the chief news editor and a spokesman for Ariana, said.

    He had been charged “demanding a bribe” from Commerce Minister Mohammad Amin Farhang and a 24-hour power supply for his home from Energy Minister Mohammad Ismail Khan, he added.

    Mirzai dismissed the charges as untrue. The case had been referred to the attorney general’s office, he said.



    Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan opened fire on a speeding car, which they feared was about to attack their convoy, and killed a 2-year-old boy and his 4-year-old sister, officials said Monday. . . . NATO commanders have said they take reasonable precautions to prevent civilian deaths and have blamed militants for endangering innocents.

    “My husband and son were killed by the American bombs in Helmand province and I brought my daughter in law and grandchildren to Kabul since radio programs were talking about humanitarian programs but we found none and are stranded begging to survive. My granddaughter age 7 starved to death last week. I hate these people.”

    It was the ISI, backed by millions of covert dollars from the C.I.A., that ran arms to guerrillas fighting Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s. It is now American troops who are dying in Afghanistan.

    As the perceptive writer Kevin Phillips notes, U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan — and Iraq — have become “pipeline protection troops”. . . . [W]e are not fighting “terrorists” but a medieval tribal people who just want to be left alone. This is an ugly little war about oil and gas, not freedom, democracy, or woman’s rights.


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