HRW calls for the release of French-Afghan journalist.
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Human Rights Watch calls for the release of French-Afghan journalist

Human Rights Watch (HRW) today called on the Taliban to release the French-Afghan journalist, Mortaza Behboudi, who has been held captive by the group since since 7 January.

Fereshta Abbasi, Afghanistan Researcher at HRW, said:

“Arbitrary detention of journalists is unlawful and the Taliban needs to hold their members accountable & ensure that journalists are allowed to report freely.”

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Yesterday, Morteza Behboudi’s wife, Alexandra Mostovaja, appealed to the Taliban to free her husband. She said Behboudi “has been working to humanise the migration journey for people all around the world and especially in Afghanistan. He is trying to shed light on all the difficulties that women face, and especially the Hazara people.”

“They are accusing him of being a spy. We don’t have any news on how he is. I call for his release.”