May 12, 2006 -- International media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) today condemned an assault by Afghan lawmakers on an Afghan television cameraman last week.
The cameraman for private Tolo TV was beaten while filming a scuffle that broke out after a woman MP condemned former warlords serving in the parliament.
RSF said the assault shows that some Afghan officials have little regard for the work of the independent media.
Press Under Assault
BREAKING THE NEWS: Press freedom is under assault in virtually all of the countries of the former Soviet Union. Independent media confront enormous challenges in providing citizens with the independent information that can help advance democratic reforms. On May 2, RFE/RL's Washington office hosted a roundtable briefing that gave an overview of media developments in the CIS and discussed the connections between press freedom and future democratization. The briefing featured Freedom House Director of Studies CHRISTOPHER WALKER, American University Associate Research Professor ROBERT ORTTUNG, and RFE/RL Central Asia analyst DANIEL KIMMAGE.