Ban on live reports of Taliban attacks

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The Independent Online

Afghanistan yesterday announced a ban on news coverage showing Taliban attacks, saying such images embolden the Islamist militants, who have launched strikes around the country as Nato forces seize their southern strongholds.

Journalists will be allowed to film only the aftermath of attacks, when given permission by the National Directorate of Security spy agency, the agency said. Journalists who film while attacks are under way will be held and their gear seized.

"Live coverage does not benefit the government, but benefits the enemies of Afghanistan," the spokesman Saeed Ansari said. The move was denounced by Afghan journalism and rights groups, which said it would deprive the public of vital information about the security situation during attacks.

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