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Police beat photojournalist in Kabul

Police beat photojournalist in Kabul

Mar 21, 2011 - 15:34

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A photojournalist covering a flag raising ceremony at the Sakhi Shrine in Kabul was severely beaten by police on Monday, the first day of the new year's celebration, the photographer and an official said.

Syed Jan Sabawon, who works for the European Press Photo Agency (EPA) and Radio Liberty, said he visited the shrine with his son to cover the event, but police stopped him and snatched his camera.

"I showed police my press card, but they pushed me away and started beating me until I fell," Sabawon said.

He said his camera dropped on the ground and when his son picked it up, policemen started hitting him too.

The first Kabul zone police chief, Col. Abdul Qadus, confirmed the incident, saying he had apologised in person to the journalist.

An official at the crime branch police department said an investigation had been launched into the incident.



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