Photographers Face Guns in Afghanistan

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As if Afghanistan wasn’t dangerous enough for the photojournalists shooting there, now they have to contend with police officers who threaten them with guns. The New York Times’ Lens blog has a post about the Afghan government’s moves to ban journalists from reporting on the Taliban-sponsored violence surrounding the election lest it deters people from voting.

They’re not really making much of a case for democracy, are they? I get their admittedly screwy logic, but the execution is all wrong. Isn’t it better to assuage the citizenry rather than restrict the press? 

Article via New York Times

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