VOA Journalist Detained By Immigration Authorities
August 17, 2009 at 2:56 PM (PT)
A journalist from PAKISTAN who was hired by the VOICE OF AMERICA to come to the U.S. to work with the network has been detained by immigrations officials at DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT in WASHINGTON despite having obtained a visa and job. RAHMAN BUNAIREE was hired by the VOA to work at Pashto-language DEEWA RADIO in WASHINGTON for a year, after armed men blew up his house in JULY. BUNAIREE, a stringer for the VOA in PAKISTAN, was considered a target for the Taliban and brought to the U.S. to work, but was detained upon arrival a week ago SUNDAY, with the government giving no indication as to why he was detained.
The VOA issued a statement reading, "The VOICE OF AMERICA (VOA) and its parent agency, the BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS (BBG), hope for a speedy resolution of whatever issues led to the detention of RAHMAN BUNAIREE by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.... The VOA and the BBG are working with other federal agencies to resolve the situation."