Afghan president calls for release of journalists

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.