/ September 24, 2008

US Releases Detained Canadian Television Reporter

Lawyers negotiated the release of a twenty-two year old journalist after he was held without charge for 11 months at the Bagram Air Base in AfghanistanUS officials suspected that he had contacts with local Taliban members and thought he could be in possession of a video about the Taliban.
Jawed Ahmad, the detainee, admits that he was in contact with Taliban members.  “As a journalist, you have the right to talk to any organization.  You are the eyes of the world,” he said.  He went on to say that he spoke with Taliban fighters just like he spoke with NATO.  “If you know only one party, you are useless.” 
To date, he is the only prisoner that the US has released from Bagram Air Base.  He intends to continue working as a journalist.

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