Today’s marks the first anniversary of the killing of Yama Siawash, a former presenter for TOLOnews and media adviser to Afghanistan’s Central Bank.
Siawash was killed in an explosion in the Makrorayan-e-Char area in Kabul’s police district 9 on November 2020.
His family said a year has passed since his killing and so far his case has not been investigated and the perpetrators have not been identified.
Siawash’s father Daud Siawash accused officials of the former government for his son’s killing.
“The (former) government of Afghanistan did not try to identify the perpetrator ... So now we do not know who killed him,” he said.
According to Siawash’s father, the family has lodged a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague to probe Siawash’s murder.
Although the former government announced it had arrested an eleven-member group involved in targeted killing, including allegedly Siawash’s killing, the investigation was not finalized.
A number of journalists and media-supporting organizations commemorating Siawash’s death anniversary called on the Islamic Emirate and the international community to probe the case.
“The media should focus on this issue so it is investigated,” said Iqbal Aazim, head of Iqbal TV said.
“We demand for the officials to help us--with similar cases and with an investigation of this case,” said Hujatullah Mujadadi, head of the Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association.
Siawash was killed along with his two colleagues in the explosion.
Yama Siawash was born in Kohistan district, Kapisa province, in 1984.
He started working at TOLOnews in 2010 and left the office in 2015. He anchored the most popular current affairs show in the country, Farakhabar, in which he challenged politicians and government officials.
He was a writer and lyricist. He graduated from the School of Law and Legal Affairs of Noida International University in India.