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Journalists slam security officials' attitude

Journalists slam security officials' attitude

Aug 22, 2011 - 16:36

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): Journalists in the eastern zone on Monday criticised Nangarhar and Kunar officials for their non-professional behaviour with media representatives.

Speaking at a gathering in Jalalabad, Sher Shah Hamdard, a reporter with Radio Liberty, slammed National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) officials for their unruly attitude towards reporters after Sunday's bomb blast in the Joyee Haft area.

He told the meeting, organised by the Journalists Union for the Eastern Zone, that the Information and Culture Department should train security officials on how to behave with the media.

The journalists asked the governor and the information department to re-appoint Col. Ghafoor, a former spokesman for the Nangarhar police headquarters. They blamed the newly-appointed police chief for blocking access to information.

Information and Culture Director Aurang Samim promised to take up the issue with Governor Gul Agha Sherzai. He also asked security organs and other departments concerned to implement the media law.

Mirwais Sahel, a reporter with Tolo and Lemar TV channels, told Pajhwok Afghan News he was once insulted by Ayaz Mohammad Nazari, the Kunar police chief.

Rohullah Anwari, deputy head of the Independent Journalists Societyinfo-icon and reporter with Reuters, denounced the Kunar police chief as an irresponsible person who did not give journalists information on time.

 Anwari said when they asked Nazari about the worsening security situation, he threatened the journalists with detentions.

Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the governor's spokesman, said they were committed to having friendly relations with journalists. The governor would look into problems the media people had with security officials, he promised.


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