Photo journalist released on presidential orders
KABUL (Pajhwok): In compliance with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s orders, photograph journalist Najibullah Musafir was freed from jail late on Wednesday.
A large number of colleagues accompanied the photographer to his residence after his release from Pul-i-Charkhi prison on the eastern outskirts of Kabul at about 4pm.
Earlier in the day, presidential spokesman Ajmal Abid told Pajhwok Afghan News Musafir would be released after the required formalities were met.
Musafir had been detained in 2006 over photo shoots of two girls carrying a sport banner at the Ghazi stadium in Kabul. The photos were later edited and used for commercial purposes by a company.
The Ministry of Information and Culture had previously expressed concern over the misuse of the photographs, saying it had been kept unaware of Musafir’s prosecution.
According to the ministry, a commission has been formed to deal with cases of plagiarism, duplication and other acts of misuse.
The ministry lamented the case of Musafir was not referred to the commission. The detention of the photographer had fuelled anger among civil society organisations.
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