2 journalists beaten by public representatives in Ghazni
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Two journaists were beaten by a member of the provincial council and a secretary of another public representative in southern Ghazni province on Wednesday.
The Ghazni Union of Journalists president, Asadullah Jalalzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News that he and another reporter with Rana Production, Rahmatullah Marjankhel, were beaten and insulted by the two men.
He said they were attacked when residents of Malistan area, who had arrived to visit the provincial council office, were sharing documents with them about wrongdoings of some government officials.
“As I attempted to take photos of the documents, a member of the provincial council, Tawhidi, said don’t take photos and asked who had invited us there.”
“I told him that we had been invited and we had not come here on our own,” said Jalalzai, who added the provincial council member first verbally abused him and then started beating him.
Marjankhel said when he tried to protect Jalalzai, a secretary of Ghulam Hussain Changiz, another provincial council member, ran towards him and started hitting him.
Other members of the provincial council present at the time also threatened the journalists, he added. The council deputy head, Abdul Jami Jami, confirmed the incident and called it an illegal act that he said should not have taken place.
Jami said a number of illiterate people had been elected to the provincial council and they even included illegal gunmen.
On behalf of the provincial council, Jami apologised to the journalist community and said he stood by them. He asked the provincial council members, who beat the journalists, to formally apologise to them and not repeat such violent acts.
Ghulam Hussain Changiz also apologised to the journalists and said he would grill his secretary about the incident.
But there was no word from Tawhidi. The incident comes amid increasing violence against journalists in many provinces of the country, including Ghazni.
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