Taliban condemn Afghan ban on live coverage of attacks

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 20:49

Kandahar: They banned music, television
and education for girls during their rule of Afghanistan, but
the Taliban on Wednesday condemned a government plan to prohibit live
broadcasts of attacks.

The Western-backed government has banned live coverage of
militant assaults in a bid to prevent the Taliban exploiting
television news to send messages to their operatives.
While the measure -- which applies to domestic and
international media -- has been criticised by journalists and
rights groups, the Taliban joined the fray, calling it an
attack on free speech.

"This totally undermines freedom of the press and
expression and cannot be justified by any means," Taliban
spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi told agency.

The Taliban "respects all those media which are free and
independent and support their rights," the spokesman said,
reading from a prepared statement.

"We invite them to cover all our activities against the
invaders.
"Imposing a ban on free media means the government is
trying to cover its failures. They have failed... and are
trying to hide that," he said.

The Taliban controlled Afghanistan from 1996-2001, when
their extreme Islamist regime was overthrown by a US-led
invasion.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 20:49

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