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Rights Watchdog Condemns Death Of Afghan Journalist

Journalist Sultan Munadi
Journalist Sultan Munadi
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the death of Afghan journalist Sultan Mohammad Munadi, who was killed during an operation by British forces to release a "New York Times" journalist in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunduz on September 9.

Reza Moeini, head of RSF's Afghan/Iran Department, told RFE/RL's Rado Free Afghanistan that "the conditions in which Munadi was killed has raised so many questions for us."

Moeini added that the Paris-based RSF suggests that an independent commission should investigate and find out who fired shots at Munadi, who died in a hail of gunfire, while his colleague, Stephen Farrell, was rescued.

A British soldier also died in the operation, and did two other Afghans.

Moeini said he considers the Taliban as the real people responsible for Munadi's death "because they were the ones who abducted him."

Afghan journalists are calling for a boycott on reporting information about the Taliban in response to its continual kidnapping of journalists.