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AFJC: Banning the Pakistani newspapers from entering Afghanistan is an unhealthy a and illegal approach

Kabul, September 25, 2012

Afghanistan Journalists Center calls the banning of all Pakistani newspaper an act against freedom of press and asks the government to put an end to that.

Afghanistan has banned all Pakistani newspapers on Fri, Sep 21, in an attempt to block the Taliban from influencing public opinion via the press.

The decision have taken on what security officials say is anti-government propaganda aimed at Kabul, a spokesman for the interior minister said on Saturday, in a move likely to worsen already tense cross-border ties.

“The newspapers recently sent to Afghanistan mainly include reports against the Afghan forces. These reports are at odds with the Afghan people’s religious, cultural and social values and standards of Afghanistan’s freedom of speech,” the Afghan interior ministry said.

The Afghan interior ministry instructed the border police in Nangarhar, Nuristan and Kunar provinces to ban the import of the newspapers and ordered them to collect all newspapers.

Banning on newspapers will hardly be effective as people can always access newspaper content via the internet.

AFJC believes the action should be taken only if a certain newspaper was involved in propaganda and doesn’t observe journalism standards.