Afghan Journalists Protest Governor’s Abuse

The International Federation

of Journalists (IFJ) extends its solidarity to journalists in Afghanistan who are strenuously protesting

the rough treatment of three reporters by a provincial governor at a press

conference.

 

The program of protests and boycotts in Kunar,

an eastern province of Afghanistan, continued

for a fourth day yesterday,

following the rough treatment by provincial governor Fazalullah Wahidi of three

reporters at a press conference on January 18.

 

According to the Afghan Independent Journalists’ Association (AIJA), an IFJ affiliate,

Wahidi publicly addressed three journalists and threatened to destroy their

professional equipment.

 

The unprovoked threat was made to Khan Wali Salarzai, of the independent news agency Pahjwok and the

government-controlled Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA),

Abdul Ghani, also of RTA, and Sayed Abdulullah Nezami,

of Al-Jazeera TV.

 

The Governor has been on record earlier accusing local journalists of

maintaining links with criminal gangs.

 

The local leadership of the AIJA has since decided that all members will

boycott official functions involving Wahidi until he tenders an unconditional

apology to the three reporters.

 

“The IFJ calls on Governor Wahidi not to take a confrontational posture

towards the local media community,

which would only compound the hazards that Afghan journalists face in the

performance of their daily duties,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ

represents over 600,000 journalists in 120 countries