A Must Read, Journalist chased, Beaten and Threatened

If you read nothing else today, read the story below. My good friend PJ Tobia wrote a piece for The CSM about how he and other journalist were chased, beaten, and threatened multiple times by Afghan Police for reporting on violence in Kabul.

These are the same police that we and our coalition partners have been trying to train on things like human rights, crime scene evidence, questioning of suspects, etc. Apparently they still resort to the brutal ways they have seen in the past and don’t pay much attention to what we try to train them on.

“I was lying in the dirt and they were hitting me with the butts of their rifles and kicking me with their boots. I was seriously scared for my life. When he had that rifle in his hands and he was pointing it at me, I though that was it.”

 

http://features.csmonitor.com/globalnews/2009/08/20/police-crack-down-on-journalists-during-afghan-election/

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