Call for probe into Afghan journalist’s death during British rescue operation

first_imgParis, 16 September 2009 June 2, 2021 Find out more March 11, 2021 Find out more to go further News September 16, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for probe into Afghan journalist’s death during British rescue operation News Follow the news on Afghanistan Jean-François JulliardSecretary-General Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Organisation News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says May 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Dear Secretary of State,There has been a great deal of emotion and anger in Afghanistan and internationally about the death of Afghan journalist Sultan Munadi in the operation carried out by British special forces on 9 September to rescue Munadi’s British colleague, Stephen Farrell.We urge you to order an investigation that will shed light on the problems and errors that led to this tragedy. We also ask you to publish its findings and to sanction those responsible.Several aspects of this commando operation continue to be unclear. We do not doubt that the aim was to rescue the two journalists, who had been kidnapped a few days earlier by Taliban militants, and to spare them a long and difficult captivity.But we think the investigation needs to explain why a decision to carry out a military operation, involving a serious risk to both the soldiers and the hostages, was taken so quickly and without consulting all the parties. You were personally involved in this decision. Why did you not await the outcome of the negotiations that were under way with the Taliban?According to the various accounts available of how the operation unfolded, the British soldiers knew there were two hostages, a westerner and an Afghan. They even had photographs of Farrell and Munadi. When he was killed, Munadi was obviously unarmed and, shouting in English, had just identified himself as a journalist. What led the British or Afghan combatants to open fire at that precise moment? What were the rules of engagement that had been given to the British commandos?Munadi’s body was left at the scene of the operation. His family members were forced to fetch his body themselves from a very dangerous region. How is it possible that the body of one of the two hostages was abandoned in this fashion? Wasn’t the goal to take care of both the British journalist and his Afghan colleague?As we said in the press release we issued on the day Munadi died, we consider that all options, including military ones, have to be considered in kidnapping cases.But it is important that all these questions are answered. The need to know the truth is pressing, not only for Munadi’s family and colleagues but also for the family and colleagues of the British soldier who died in this operation.We trust you will satisfy our hopes.Sincerely, AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Rt Hon Bob AinsworthSecretary of State for DefenceLondonUnited Kingdom Receive email alertslast_img read more