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Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Unconfirmed: Samid Khan Bahadarzai

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 18 December 2012
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Unconfirmed: Samid Khan Bahadarzai, 18 December 2012, available at: [accessed 21 January 2018]
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Melma Radio
February 21 or 22, 2012, in Orgun, Afghanistan

Bahadarzai, 25, manager of Melma Radio station in Orgun District, went missing on the evening of February 21, his colleague Yagub Manzoor told Pajhwok Afghan News. The journalist was found near his home in eastern Afghanistan's Paktika province later that night or early the next morning, news reports citing police said. Several news accounts stated that the body was found decapitated, while Pajhwok reported that the journalist had been stabbed and shot dead.

Police told reporters they were conducting an investigation into whether the journalist's murder was linked to a phone call he received the day he disappeared from unidentified men requesting a meeting, according to Agence France-Presse. Manzoor told local journalists that Bahadarzai had no known personal conflicts and had received no threats from militants.

Taliban militants have previously targeted journalists in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan. But Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid denied responsibility for the murder.

Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.

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