Afghan president calls for release of journalists

September 23, 2010 15:34

KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai called Thursday for the quick release of three Afghan journalists — two held by the coalition and the other by Afghan intelligence officials.

The arrests over the past week were reminiscent of a strategy the US military used in Iraq to detain local journalists as a way to disrupt insurgents' propaganda networks, analysts said.

The NATO-led coalition said it had information linking the two journalists in its custody to networks that act as a mouthpiece for the Taliban and hinder efforts to win the loyalty of Afghan citizens skeptical of foreign forces and the Afghan government.

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