2 Mar 2010

Afghanistan bans coverage of attacks on Taliban

3:04 pm on 2 March 2010

Afghanistan has announced a ban on news coverage of Taliban strikes, saying such coverage only emboldens Islamist militants.

The latest attack killed six people in the southern city of Kandahar.

Journalists will be allowed to cover only the aftermath of Taliban attacks with permission from the National Directorate of Security spy agency, Reuters reports.

The agency is threatening to detain journalists who film attacks without permission and confiscate their equipment.

The move has been denounced by Afghan journalism and rights groups, who say it will deprive the public of vital information about the security situation in the country.