Attacks on the Press
• Government tries to curb reporting on Election Day violence.
• Abductions target foreign reporters, endangering local journalists, too.
20: Years that Parwez Kambakhsh would have spent in jail on an unjust charge. He was freed in August.
Deepening violence, flawed elections, rampant corruption, and faltering development provided plenty of news to cover, but the deteriorating national conditions also raised dangers for local and foreign journalists working in Afghanistan. Roadside bombs claimed the life of a Canadian reporter and injured several other international journalists. A series of kidnappings mainly targeted international reporters, but one captive Afghan journalist was killed during a British military mission that succeeded in rescuing his British-Irish colleague.