[ View the story "Afghan journalists take a stand against the Taliban" on Storify] Afghan journalists take a stand against the Taliban Reporters announce boycott on coverage of Taliban following deadly attack in Kabul.
The Stream· Fri, Mar 21 2014 12:40:01
Brave decision. #Afghan journalists to boycott Taliban news for 15 days to protest Kabul attack, deny them publicity
The journalists sent out a collective
on Facebook announcing their
This incident comes despite the fact that Afghan journalists have assiduously tried to remain neutral in their coverage amid difficult circumstances.facebook.com
"We either add our names to the list of journalists being killed every day, or we do something about it," says MP/journo Syawash abt boycottMujib Mashal
They also demanded an explanation from the Taliban of what they called a ruthless attack on civilians.
The Taliban carry out such attacks, which can never be justified, solely for the purpose of news-coverage and projecting terror among Afghan citizens. Therefore, the journalism family in Afghanistan, in a collective decision, has decided to boycott coverage of news related to the Taliban for a period of 15 days, refraining from broadcasting any information that could further the Taliban’s claimed purpose of terror. We also ask the Taliban for an explanation of how they justify the shooting from a close-range of innocent children.facebook.com
Many online, including the Afghan
and international diplomats based in Afghanistan, have been sharing images of Ahmad and expressing their condolences to his family and friends.
So sadden & shocked to hear that Afghan journalist Ahmad Sardar was killed along his family in #Kabul #Serena attack
My thoughts and condolences go out to family and friends of all of those affected in the attack on Serena hotel. #KabulSerenaKarl Åke Roghe
Killing of Sardar Ahmad, AFP Afghan journalist, wife, n young children leaves all shattered. What kind of soul kills such goodness/beauty?Deborah Lyons
Senseless killing of #Afghan journalist Sardar Ahmad and his family. No democracy without brave journalists! My sincere condolences.Han Peters
Without local reporters like Sardar Ahmad, we wouldn't be able to report a fraction of what is really happening inside AfghanistanJerome Taylor
Some, however, questioned whether the boycott would make a difference to the Taliban.
@WilliamsJon @Amym4000 @AFP don't think the Taliban will care about thatKath
@WilliamsJon @beenishfahmed @AFP It works on political parties. Wouldn't matter to terrorists, I think.kadambini sharma
I don't know, @SharmaKadambini, but the Taliban are rather media savvy. Wrote about the TTP here:
@WilliamsJon @AFPBeenish Ahmed