IFJ Calls to Lift News Blackout Over Kabul

The IFJ has called for

the lifting of all censorship reporting from Afghanistan as rumours spread of

violence and chaos in the wake of presidential elections taking place today.

"The world needs to

know about what's happening in the streets of Kabul," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary.

"The ban on reporting is only encouraging ignorance, speculations and fear".

The Afghan government

issued a statement on 18th August asking all news agencies to

refrain from covering any incidents of violence between 6 am and 8 pm on election day, fearing that such coverage would dissuade people

from voting.

The IFJ this morning

received a number of reports of violence across the country and incidents of targeting

and intimidation of journalists on the spot.

The IFJ says that the

plight of journalists has been made worse because of the news blackout imposed by

the government.

"This ban is

wrong-headed and has only encouraged extremists to step up their attacks" said



Further Information: Aidan White,

IFJ: +32 478258669

The IFJ represents over 600,000

journalists in 123 countries worldwide