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03/11/2009 09:16 PM
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US Forces Kill Heroic
From Anita Sands
Young kick-ass Reporter who the USA TORTURES for eleven months is about to go back to CANADA, expose everything the US is doing in AFGHANISTAN, and gets murdered on the eve of his departure.
Javed Yazamy, Truth telling freelance journalist, slain in Kandahar by US FORCES.
This murder is a George Clooney movie script. There is no doubt in my mind Hollywood is going to buy this story as soon as one of those Canadian reporters writes it up. (No American news agency covered his murder.)
This brave, unvetted Journalist in Afghanistan - a fixer for all Candian reporters, a total gadfly to the US - was a kid so connected to everybody he worked with (including the Taliban, whom he was able to penetrate, so that he knew the other side's point of view and carried that info to the CANADIAN REPORTERS. A kid so dangerous to the American military with its heroin running to get cash for dirty tricks that the USA jailed him for 11 months, tortured. him for info, probably got nothing. Finally, as Canadian press is going crazy, the USA lets him go. He now rats America out in detail like a true expose journalist telling all the horrific kinds of torture they practice, shames America across the world (as all the other international journalists in the area respect and adore him, evinced by his nickname, JOJO). He got out late Sept, and now, in MARCH 2009, he was about to go to live in Canada so he could write a book about what the USA did to him and maybe what they were actually doing in AFGHANISTAN.
< [link to www.wsws.org] JUST SIGNED ON TO WREAK WAR on the place (< [link to www.masterjules.net] requires that). So, they killed him. HE was days away from leaving for a safe country. So who killed him? Where was the CUI BONUM? It is the US MILITARY/CIA drug runners and OBAMA and his war. That's who. Everybody else adored, admired and respected him. Someone that valiant doesn't live when you have a NAZI country around. - Anita Sands
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Javed "JoJo" Yazamy loved Hollywood movies, mostly action flicks. For the Afghan freelance cameraman, reporter and "fixer" for media outlets covering Canada's military mission in Afghanistan, pirated DVDs were a perfect way to sharpen his English. They were also a window on a world he often struggled to understand-and desperately wanted to join. He never got the chance.
Yazamy - also known as Javed Ahmad but known to most by his nickname, Jojo - was gunned down Tuesday evening in a brazen drive-by shooting in Kandahar city. There was no ready explanation for the killing, nor any claim of responsibility.
Just days before his death, Yazamy had asked fellow journalists to write letters of reference for his Canadian visitor's visa application, which he was to present to authorities early next month.
He said he wanted to see the country whose news coverage he helped shape during several bloody years in Kandahar.
The deaths of four Canadian soldiers in the last week forced his would-be references to put off his request, a setback Yazamy shrugged off with the refined understanding that the news comes before all else.
"Ya, it's fine, bro," he said in an email, responding to the apologies of one journalist. "Get it to me next week."
Yazamy, 23, was shot in his vehicle along a main boulevard in Kandahar city, not far from the governor's palace, when another car pulled along the passenger side and a gunman opened fire. He died instantly, said Dr. Qasim Khan, the physician who pronounced him dead.
Kandahar's provincial police chief refused to comment on the killing Tuesday, but provincial governor Tooryalai Wesa said an investigation was underway.
"It is disgusting a journalist has been killed like that in the city," said Wesa, an Afghan-Canadian who was sworn in as governor only a few months ago.
Police were looking for a white Toyota Corolla - a ubiquitous description of one of Kandahar's most common vehicles, and one that's often heard in the wake of violent crimes in the city.
Yazamy worked primarily as a cameraman for CTV News, but was often hired on a day-to-day basis by other media organizations as well, including The Canadian Press, and routinely proved an asset to virtually every Canadian journalist working in the violence-racked country.
His extensive contacts and connections across Afghanistan, including with the Taliban, appeared to land him in trouble late in 2007 when he was abruptly detained by U.S. soldiers outside the gates to Kandahar Airfield.
Yazamy spent some 11 months in military custody and was publicly named as an "enemy combatant" by American forces before he was set free in September 2008. No explanation, either for his detention or his release, was ever proffered.
CTV News president Robert Hurst spoke fondly of spending several days in Kandahar with Yazamy, who toured him around the region to give him a sense of the country and its character.
"I found him a terrific young journalist who was courageous, (who) had a world view - we were very lucky at CTV to have him as a fixer," Hurst said Tuesday in an interview. Yazamy learned most of his camera skills during his time with CTV, he added.
"I think this is a loss for Afghan journalism, in addition to being a loss to international and Canadian journalism," Hurst said.
"JoJo, as our cameraman in Kandahar area, was directly instrumental in helping us bring the Afghan story home to Canadian living rooms every night. We're deeply saddened by all of this."
The Canadian wing of the international advocacy group Reporters Without Borders issued a statement Tuesday offering condolences to Yazamy's family and calling on Afghan authorities to investigate the shooting and bring his killers to justice.
"He was a talented and promising young journalist who had the courage to work with foreign news media," the statement said.
Several Afghan journalists have said they suspect Yazamy's death was ordered by the Taliban, the statement added.
Yazamy worked for U.S. special forces in 2001, soon after the overthrow of the Taliban regime. It was where he acquired a taste for country music.
He swept floors at their compound, but having learned rudimentary English while in exile in Pakistan, the ambitious teenager soon found himself doing translation work.
U.S. television networks followed in the wake of the invasion and Yazamy began "fixing" for Western reporters, providing translation and transportation services. He soon came into his element as a journalist, conducting interviews and shooting video in places too risky for westerners.
His knowledge and advice on personal safety was universally respected by Canadian journalists in Afghanistan, many of whom had no qualms about putting their lives in his hands.
That was why his capture by U.S. commandos at Kandahar Airfield in October 2007, and the subsequent claim he was an enemy combatant, stunned those who worked with him.
Yazamy acknowledged that in his journalistic work he had occasional contact with the Taliban. But he denied ever having collaborated with them.
"I am innocent," he said in an interview last September, following 11 months in captivity.
He told Reporters Without Borders: "I feel even more of a journalist than before.
"I am very enthusiastic about the idea of going back to work. But above all, I want justice. I want to knock on all the doors, with my lawyers, so that those who detained and tortured me are punished."
He also said he'd been planning to write a book about the experience.
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Reporter covered his emergence from year due to his canadian friends helping him, in jail (below)
[link to www.theglobeandmail.com]
STANFORD UNIVERSITY LAW PROFESSOR & HUMAN RIGHTS WORKER covered it:
[link to www.law.stanford.edu]
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