Remember all that NATO propaganda about their bloody Afghan war supposedly being for freedom, including media freedom blah blah blah blah? Well, there is no press or other media freedom in the “new” Afghanistan, made by George W. Bush, inherited by Barack Obama. No free speech there. Not for Afghans.
Not for journalists from NATO countries either.
By The Canadian Press:
Wed, April 29, 2009
Restrictions on war coverage
OTTAWA — NATO has imposed tough new restrictions on foreign journalists covering the war in southern Afghanistan, changes that could affect how much Canadians see and hear from war-torn Kandahar.
The new measures, imposed in early March, mirror the way the U.S. military manages reporters in Iraq.
The restrictions make it virtually impossible for Canadian journalists to leave Kandahar Airfield on their own to interview local Afghans.
Last month, Canadian soldiers were required to escort newly arrived journalists everywhere on the airfield, including to the dining hall and showers. A photographer from the Reuters news agency and a handful of Canadian journalists were escorted between buildings and confined to their sleeping quarters when not working.
The practice has been temporarily suspended under pressure from the Canadian military, which has tried unsuccessfully to have the policy reversed.
Using over polite words, like “managing reporters” instead of “censoring reporters”, this item may be the maximum one may find in the mainstream media about those media being not free, but under military dictatorship. It may be a code message from the journalists involved to say: “Next time, when you read a pro NATO report on the Afghan war by me, don’t trust me. It will be untrue.”
Afghan paper accuses government of internet censorship: here.
The New Zealand National government of Prime Minister John Key revealed on April 19 that it had received an official request from the United States for the highly trained Special Air Services combat unit to return to Afghanistan: here.
Tens of thousands of Pashtun-speaking villagers have been forced to flee from their homes in recent days as the result of the punishing offensive the Pakistani military has mounted, at Washington’s urging, against pro-Taliban militants in the country’s North-West Frontier Province: here.
Kabul’s new elite live high on West’s largesse: here.
Australia and Afghanistan: here; and here. Spain and Afghanistan: here.
Pakistan: The US political and military establishment and the American media have been mounting an increasingly shrill campaign to bully Islamabad into fully complying with US diktats in what Washington has redefined as the AfPak war theater: here.
AfPak war depopulates and devastates north-west Pakistan: here.