Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry declared Tuesday that news organizations are prohibited from "broadcasting any incidence of violence" while polls are open on election day, "to ensure the wide participation of the Afghan people." Elections take place tomorrow. Snip from AP report:
A separate statement from the Interior Ministry said journalists should stay away from the scene of any attacks until investigators have a chance to collect evidence.
Afghan media refuse to censor election reporting (Associated Press, via @dangillmor)
Even before the ban went into effect, police beat back journalists arriving at the scene of an attack on a Kabul bank Wednesday. They threatened reporters with loaded guns pointed in their faces and hit others with batons and the butts of rifles, according to journalists from The Associated Press at the scene.
One officer yelled "Your pictures help the enemy! Why are you helping them?" at an AP reporter as he shoved him back.
Over the last few days, journalists responding to attacks in the capital have reported increasingly rough treatment. On Tuesday, a police officer beat a photographer with his pistol at the site of a bomb attack on a NATO convoy, according to an AP photographer.
Image: poster promoting Afghanistan citizen participation in the elections, found on the blog of a UK Foreign and Commonwealth representative in Afghanistan.
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