PAN, August 11, 2012

Uruzgan governor’s guards beat reporter

By Ajmal Wisal

Najibullah Latif (left), a reporter, was beaten by Uruzgan governor Amir Mohammad Akhundzada's men and later threatened by the deputy governor Khudai Rahim Khan. (Photos: PAN)

A local reporter on Saturday complained that he was beaten by security guards of the governor of central Uruzgan province.

Najibullah Latif, who works for Yawali and Paiwastoon radio stations, said he was thrashed at 7:30 am when his car struck a vehicle of the guards,

The reporter told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Without listening to me, the gubernatorial guards dragged me out of my car and beat me with gun butts.”

Later the guards took him to Deputy Governor Khudai Rahim Khan, who also threatened the journalist. The governor’s spokesman, Abdullah Himmat, confirmed and denounced the incident. He promised they would investigate the case.

Deputy Head of Kandahar Press Club Dawa Khan Minapal strongly condemned the reporter’s insult and sought action against the governor’s guards.

Uruzgan officials often insulted reporters and deprived them of their rights, alleged Zardad Shinwari, a reporter with Zhwandoon TV.

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