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This just in from the conflict in Afghanistan...

Censorship!  And lots of it! The Afghani government has provided reporters with a whole big list of things the media cannot do or say. 

"This means that the media cannot talk about the reality of what is going on in Afghanistan - the killings, car bombs and military operations," Vincent Brossel, head of Reporter Sans Frontiers' (RSF) Asia Pacific desk, told IRIN from Paris.

Some of the things specifically are cited as "things which must be banned or restricted" include:

• Reporting on enemy statements.
• Reports which cause irritation or imply national disunity.
• Interviews with insurgent commanders.
• Reporting on acts of terrorism as the lead story of the news.
• Reports that hurt public morale and cause disappointment.
• Reporting on religious decrees.
• Reports against the presence of coalition forces.
• Reports that suggest low morale amongst Afghanistan's military.
• Referring to the Mujahideen as “warlords”.
• Reports that endanger territorial unity and national sovereignty.
• Potentially provocative reports relating to riots and violence.
• Reporting on topics that violate public morals and customs.
• Referring to the enemy as warriors, resistance, etc.
• Negative, harsh, or slanderous reports against public figures.

So, basically, the new rules are so vague that a reporter can't really report the news accurately. Got it.

I have the full translated text of the document, which is as follows:



Islamic Republic of Afghanistan



The public media as bridge between people and government has a significant


role. Although the rule of press justifies and directs of their activities, in the


current circumstances, it is important that the media must ban or restrict


broadcasting those materials which deteriorate the morale of the public, cause


security problems and which are against the national interest. The following


must be banned or restricted:




organizations and terrorist groups.


Publication and broadcasting of provocative statements of armed


exaggerated reports against national unity, or against peace throughout


the country and those report that cause intolerance of language,


religious, ethnic and local diversities.


Broadcasting and publications of reports which cause irritation, any


terrorist groups those who have participated in armed conflict against


the government, and filming or photographing them, and broadcasting


or publication of those reports that have been prepared in the favor of


and in order to bolster the morale of the enemies of peace and security.


Conducting interviews with high ranking well known commanders of


News of terrorist activities must not come as the lead story of the news.


disappointment to them, and publication and broadcasting of gossip and


rumors which are against the security and welfare of society.


Those materials that deteriorate people’s morale and cause


enemies that are against the tranquility of the people.


Broadcasting and publications of religious decrees of terrorists and


slanderous and which are against the presence (in Afghanistan) of the


international coalition forces and ISAF.


Negative propaganda, interviews and reports which are provocative or


want to represent that Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is not Islamic,


or combating terrorism is a kin to combating Islam.


Broadcasting and publication of any views of the people’s enemies who


Afghanistan’s armed forces is weak.


Those reports that aim to represent that the fighting spirit in


the Mujahideen and call them “warlords” and those which call


technocrats as “Westernized” and subjects of this nature which create


division and conflict.


Broadcasting and publication of provocative articles which are against


territorial independence, territorial unity and national sovereignty of the


state.


Broadcasting reports, subjects, articles and discussions which endanger


acts.


Avoidance or abstinence from exaggeration of accidents and terrorist


be published and violence should be condemned.


Reports relating to riots and violence which are provocative should not


are against the morals, religious and accepted customs of the public


which provoke people and cause security problems.


Broadcasting and publication of programs and subject matters which


etc should not be used to describe terrorists and killers.


The use of titles of respect such as warriors, resistance, peace keepers


inaccurate, undocumented, harsh and slanderous which are defamatory


specifically against important figures, and in accordance with article 2


provision 33 of the Press Laws are forbidden.


Broadcasting and publication of interviews and reports that are


governmental and military secrets and cause a deterioration of relations


among three branches of state and results in reduction of the prestige of


the government and parliament.


Live reports from meetings and ceremonies that disclose confidential


against the government’s foreign policy in regard to neighboring


countries that puts the government in conflict with neighboring


countries.


In the following cases, we ask cooperation of mass media.


Broadcasting and publication of those reports and interviews that are


news of incidents related to the armed forces.


Improvement in the method of news, sentences and words used in


people.


Disclosure of the real face of terrorists and their isolation from the


forces in the capital and provinces and particularly, in the country’s


border areas.


Dissemination of the spirit of resistance and the bravery of the armed


adopting a defensive policy against this type propaganda.


Disclosure of the propaganda of the enemy of peace and security and


which are inhumane, and which uncover and disclose their criminal


activities.


Dissemination of reports by the media relating to activities of terrorists


public relations and spokespersons and the media.


In observing and executing the above, according to directions of the leaders of


the government, we want the cooperation of all media organizations and their


responsible personnel.


Strengthening of relations and improvement of cooperation between

Copying and broadcasting and distribution of this document is not authorized.



 

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