Friday 21 August 2009

CPJ: Afghan security forces obstructed media

Security forces obstructed, assaulted, and detained Afghan and foreign journalists in Kabul covering yesterday's presidential elections, the Committe to Protect Journalists claims.
The Afghanistan government had called for a news blackout on violent incidents during polling day saying such coverage would deter people from voting.
CPJ reports: "Police briefly detained at least three foreign journalists and several local journalists during the course of the day, according to news reports. Multiple accounts mentioned police beating journalists, threatening them with guns, and snatching equipment, but no serious injuries have been reported. Almost all the reported incidents occurred at the scene of attacks by militant groups."

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