On May 25, Governor Abdul Hai Namati cut off a television interview stating that he didn’t like the questions. He was been interviewed for a program called ‘Face to Face’ on Arezo TV. There were four journalists for the interview, who was subsequently threatened and ordered to delete the footage. When they refused to delete the footage, they were blocked from leaving the governor’s office premises. Ahmad Fawad Talash, Javid Saddat, Said Amin Jalali and Salam Fretat were held for two hours and were only allowed to leave after intervention from media rights organisations.
Sadiq Safi, the Station Manager of Khawar TV channel in Lashkargah, the provincial capital of Helmand, Afghanistan, was detained for a day by the National Department of Security (NDS) for broadcasting a news report alleging that the governor was helping land mafia and selling government property on February 4. Safi denied the governor’s office charge that the news was fake and provided AIJA a video clip of the provincial council members’ comments on the topic as credible sources for his news story.