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Mortaza Behboudi, a Franco-Afghan journalist has been wrongly detained by the Taliban in Kabul since January 7. Join our efforts to secure his immediate release. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) needs you. Mortaza needs you!

What happened

Franco-Afghan journalist Mortaza Behboudi has been wrongfully detained in a Kabul prison since January 7. Just 48 hours after arriving to report from Afghanistan, Taliban authorities arrested Behboudi. Accused of espionage, he has been held in a prison in the Afghan capital ever since.

Who is Mortaza?

Having fled Afghanistan at the age of 21, Behboudi was freelancing in self-imposed exile in France for several major French-language media outlets including France Télévisions, Arte, Mediapart and Libération. He has become a well-known journalist, who is respected and appreciated by his media colleagues and has been awarded multiple prizes such as the Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents.

What RSF calls for and what has been done to achieve this goal

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is calling for Behboudi’s immediate release. Together with 15 french media outlets that Behboudi has worked for, RSF published a joint appeal for his release and has set up a support committee in order to coordinate actions between Behoudi’s colleagues and friends, as well as academia, media representatives, and civil society. RSF has also formally referred the case to two United Nations special rapporteurs and has asked the UN to seek his immediate release.
More than 11,000 people have signed RSF's petition calling on the Taliban government to immediately free Mortaza Behboudi.

We need you! Mortaza needs you! Join our efforts and support the campaign by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the #FreeMortaza support committee for the immediate release of Mortaza Behboudi. Let’s end this senseless detention together!


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