A group of Afghan journalists blamed international forces on Thursday for the death of a kidnapped colleague during the British commando rescue of a New York Times reporter and accused the troops of having a "double standard" for Western and Afghan lives.
The newly formed Media Club of Afghanistan — set up by Afghan reporters who work with international news outlets — also condemned the Taliban for abducting both journalists last week in northern Afghanistan as they investigated reports of civilian deaths in a German-ordered airstrike. In addition, both of the main contenders in Afghanistan's disputed presidential election called for investigations into Munadi's death.
More than 50 Afghan reporters, wearing cameras and carrying notebooks, laid flowers Thursday at the Kabul cemetery grave of Munadi, 34, who died in gunfire as British commandos launched the rescue operation in northern Kunduz province. Farrell survived and was taken away in a helicopter. One British commando was also killed in the raid.