CPJ: New York Times reporter barred from leaving Afghanistan

The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports today that Afghan authorities have banned New York Times correspondent Matthew Rosenberg from leaving the country, according to news reports.

Mr. Rosenberg is based in Kabul and Washington.

His most recent story, published on Monday, alleged that some Afghan officials were threatening to seize power in the country if the impasse in recent presidential elections was not resolved.

Mr. Rosenberg told CPJ via Twitter today that the attorney general’s spokesman informed him of the travel ban after first communicating the news to the local news channel Tolo.

“We call on Afghan authorities to lift all travel restrictions on Matthew Rosenberg immediately,” said CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney. “Denying journalists freedom of movement is nothing more than a form of intimidation at a time when Afghanistan’s democracy is most in need of independent political reporting.”


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  • Gabriel Olasebikan

    Dear Imam,Islam is being tarnished by such violence, especially the shedding of innocent blood.A prominent cleric in Afghanistan, Muhammad Usman, said, “these killings are defaming the name of Islam.” There is a

    hadith that tells how someone mocked Muhammad and “hurt” him. We read in Sahih Al Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 59, Number 369:

    Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: Allah’s Apostle said, “Who is willing to kill Ka’b
    bin Al-Ashraf who has hurt Allah and His Apostle?”

    Thereupon Muhammad bin Maslama got up saying, “O Allah’s Apostle! Would you like that I kill him?” The Prophet said, “Yes.”

    Muhammad bin Maslama said, “Then allow me to say a
    [false] thing [i.e. to deceive Ka’b]. “The Prophet said, “You may say
    it.” . . . For the sake of brevity i am not quoting the entire account but the conclusion was: K’ab was murdered!

    I will want you to please compare how Jesus Christ responded to mockery and how Muhammad (SAW) responded to mockery.