Afghanistan - Young presenter on Pashtu TV murdered



    MONTREAL, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders today urged
Afghan police to leave no stone unturned in investigating the 31 May murder of
popular young TV presenter, Shakiba Sanga Amaj, who worked for Pashtu channel
Shamshad TV.
    A man opened fire on the 22-year-old at point blank range at her family
home in Kabul and two days later police arrested a suspect, Abdul Latif from
Ghazni in central Afghanistan, who had reportedly been hired to punish her for
refusing to marry.
    "Even if a family feud appears to be behind this cowardly killing, the
authorities should not overlook the profession and renown of the young
presenter," the worldwide press freedom organisation said, offering its
condolences to the journalist's family and colleagues.
    Her father, Mohammad Rabi Amaj, told the Pajwok news agency that he
believed family members had paid Latif to kill his daughter. "Latif is a hired
killer and a deviant. I pray to God that no other women are destroyed as Sanga
was," he said.
    The Pakistan-educated Shakiba Sanga Amaj was a well-liked presenter on
the programme "Da Gudar Ghara" on Shamshad TV, headed by Wahid Nazari. She
also worked as a reporter.
    The case has echoes of that of Shaima Rezaee, a young presenter on
privately-owned Tolo TV, murdered in Kabul in May 2005. Police have never
cleared up the exact circumstances of the killing, which some people claimed
was a suicide.




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For further information: Emily Jacquard, Directrice générale, Reporters
Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514) 521-7771,
rsfcanada@rsf.org

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