Reporters Without Borders has expressed shock over a female television reporter's murder in Afghanistan, and called on President Hamid Karzai to take concrete steps in support of press freedom.

Shaima Rezayee had presented a music program on the privately-run television channel Tolo TV, and was shot in the head in the Kabul neighborhood of Char Qala on Wednesday.  She was the first journalist to be killed in Afghanistan since the end of the war in 2001.

The group is urging an independent investigation into the murder so that those responsible can be arrested and brought to trial.

Conservative Islamists in Afghanistan had been criticizing 24-year-old Ms. Rezayee's music program as anti-Islamic.  Bowing to pressure from religious leaders, Tolo TV had fired her earlier this year.