Afghan journalists boycott Taliban coverage after reporter’s death in hotel attack
By Ghanizada - Fri Mar 21 2014, 10:40 pm
The Afghan journalists declared to boycott reporting on Taliban group following the deadly attack on Serena hotel in Kabul city which left at least nine people dead including an Afghan reporter along with his wife and two children.
A group of prominent Afghan journalists issued a statement through their Facebook page ‘Afghan Journalist Family’, condemning the death of Afghan reporter Saradar Ahmad, his wife and his two young children.
The group in its statement said such attacks by the Taliban militants can never be justified and such offensives are solely aimed at projecting terror among the Afghan citizens.
The statement further added that a collective decision was taken by journalism family in Afghanistan to boycott coverage of news related to Taliban for a period of 05 days.
Afghan Journalist Family questioned the Taliban group to explain their justification regarding the shooting of innocent children from a close range.
Taliban militants group in Afghanistan claimed responsibility behind the attack on Serena hotel which took place late Thursday night.
Taliban claimed that 22 foreign invaders and high ranking officials were killed following the attack.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai also condemned the killing of Afghan reporter with his family members. “It’s with sadness that I learned of the loss of a talented Afghan journalist- Sardar Ahmad who was killed along with his wife and his two lovely children in yesterday’s terrorist attack carried out by the enemies of the people of Afghanistan on Serena Hotel,” Karzai said.
President Karzai said the killing of Ahmad, his wife and two children is the biggest crime, and a painful tragedy.