Afghan reporters call for AG resignation at protest against TV station raid

[JURIST] More than 100 Afghanistan journalists gathered in front of parliament on Wednesday to protest a Tuesday police raid on Afghanistan's largest TV network and call for the resignation of Afghan Attorney General Abdul Jabar Sabit. Sabit ordered the raid on Tolo [network website] to bring in a Tolo journalist who reported that Sabit wanted to execute several convicts, which Sabit said was a misquote. The protesters condemned the raid as an infringement on freedom of speech. AP has more.

Last June, Human Rights Watch said rules promulgated by the Afghan government aimed at curbing negative news reports on the country's failing security situation violated free speech principles and should be repealed [JURIST report]. In August, parliamentarians physically attacked [Reporters Without Borders report] a Tolo filmcrew after the channel broadcast footage of officials asleep during session.



 

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