Sharia Alert from Brave New Democratic Afghanistan. From AP (thanks to Morgaan Sinclair):
Farida Nekzad began receiving menacing calls on her cell phone a half hour after arriving at the funeral of a fellow female journalist assassinated by gunmen.
“‘Daughter of America! We will kill you, just like we killed her,'” she quoted the man on the phone as saying as she stood near the maimed body of Zakia Zaki, the owner of a radio station north of Kabul.
Part of Zaki’s face was blown away by three attackers who entered her home and shot her seven times with pistol and automatic rifle fire in front of her 8-year-old son this month.
“‘At least people can recognize her from one side of her face. We will shoot your face, and nobody will recognize you,'” Nekzad quoted the caller as saying before she hung up on him.
When Afghans talk about Shaima Rezayee, a popular music video show host shot to death in 2005, they speak in hushed tones _ about the racy, un-Islamic way she dressed and behaved on TV, as if this justified her death.
And it appears Zaki may have been targeted because of her radio programming.
The radio host had been critical of warlords who warned her to change the programming on her station. Two suspects being held for her slaying are connected with the militant group Hezb-e-Islami, officials said.
In a second killing of a female journalist this month, Shokiba Sanga Amaaj, a newscaster for private Shamshad TV, was shot in her home in Kabul on June 1. Two family friends have been detained in the case….
Nekzad, 29, who works for the news agency Pajhwok Afghan News, forwarded an e-mail to an Associated Press journalist that warned her, “We will kill you as soon as possible, INSHA ALLAH” _ if God wills it.
The message, dated June 8, accused her of sexual impropriety and of working for NATO. It was signed “Habib from Hezb-e-Islami,” the same militant group authorities suspect in Zaki’s death. The authenticity of the e-mail could not be verified.
Nekzad said Afghans began paying attention to her fears only after she told foreign journalists, who took the dangers she faced seriously. She said she wondered if her own role as a journalist could somehow have saved Zaki.
A year ago, Nekzad assigned a reporter to interview Zaki about death threats she had received. Zaki later decided against airing the story, so the reporter scrapped it and erased the videotape.
“If it were published, maybe the international community would have taken it more seriously, but after her death, it has no meaning,” Nekzad said. “Nobody paid attention, not even the international community or the government.”…
“Maybe they will kill me after six months, after six days, after six minutes,” she said. “We know that one day we will leave this world, but if you are informed that you will be killed, it is very, very bad. Every second kills you.”